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At Right Starts, our pediatric occupational therapists help children develop the skills needed for functional independence in these important developmental areas.


Pediatric occupational therapy is aimed at the unique needs of each individual child and is provided through meaningful activity, so as to keep the child motivated and invested in the therapeutic process. While pediatric therapy is designed to feel like play to the child, our expertly trained occupational therapists draw from strategies in many specialty areas to build upon your child’s progress.


Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on the progression of developmental skills, the use of compensation techniques and/or adaptive equipment as needed, and adapting to the environment. The goal for your child is to promote the greatest level of independence and success during work or play.


We place great importance on working closely with parents and other caregivers for carryover into the home. Our pediatric occupational therapists focus on the following areas and conditions:


  • Sensory processing

  • Play and socialization

  • Fine motor and hand skill development

  • Visual perceptual/visual-motor skills

  • Handwriting

  • Self-care

  • Adaptive equipment

  • Environmental modifications

  • Sensory-based feeding problems

  • Autism

  • Developmental delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • ADHD

  • Behavioral difficulties

  • And more…


The Listening Program

The Listening Program (TLP) is a home-based sound stimulation auditory training method influenced by the sound theories of Dr. Alfred Tomatis and based on NACD's three decades of clinical experience. Combining beautiful classical music and innovative sound processing techniques, TLP promotes active listening and improves auditory perception.

TLP may be of special benefit to children and adults with sound sensitivities, hearing loss, learning and attention deficits, receptive and expressive language problems, perceptual difficulties, developmental delays, and other auditory processing problems.

TLP Classic consists of eight specially developed CDs with a Guidebook and Listening Journal. Each TLP CD contains four progressive segments that last 15 minutes each. The listening content is comprised of re-arranged, specially engineered classical music. TLP Level One consists of 10 specially developed CDs. It differs in treatment levels from TLP Classic. Your TLP provider will recommend a program for you, based on your specific needs. Although a typical listening schedule consists of two 15-minute sessions per day, five days per week, TLP schedules can be easily modified to meet the needs of an individual.

Easily implemented at home, TLP is administered under the supervision of a trained TLP provider. NACD offers The Listening Program both to our clients and also to individuals who are interested in an auditory program but are not participating in one of our comprehensive developmental programs. Long distance supervision is available.

Brain Gym

Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, sometimes abbreviated as the 26. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison who say that the interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities. Even though it is not clear yet "why" these movements work so well, they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as:

  • Concentration and Focus

  • Memory

  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking

  • Physical coordination

  • Relationships

  • Self-responsibility

  • Organization skills

  • Attitude


Interactive Metronome

IM is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists and other professionals who work with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognitive and motor functioning. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement.

IM is an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. IM is used to improve:

  • Attention

  • Coordination

  • Language processing

  • Reading and math fluency

  • Control of impulsivity/aggression


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