UCO provides behavioral services to children who are Florida Medicaid recipients under the age of 21. The behavioral services are designed to address skill deficits in areas such as communication and daily living. Additionally, services are designed to address challenging behaviors such as aggression, self-injury, and non-compliance. In order to receive the services it must be deemed medically necessary by the child’s physician. Services can be provided in a number of settings including home, school, after-school settings, and in the community
Music therapy is the systematic use of music interventions (such as singing, instrument playing, and movement to music) to accomplish individualized goals. Music therapy goals are NON-musical and may target the following domains: Motor/Physical, Communication, Social/Emotional, Cognitive/Academic, and Sensory. Many populations benefit from music therapy, but for children and adults with developmental disabilities, it is used in the following ways:
Physical therapy services are offered to promote the individuals maximum well-being and ensure they can fully participate in instructions and activities. The individual develops an individualized positioning schedule and gross motor program with the physical therapist.
Specially trained personnel and instructors provide gross motor programs and range of motion exercises to loosen contracted extremities, increase muscle strength, and improve vestibular capabilities as well as prevent progression of deformities.
The speech therapist works with the individual and with interdisciplinary team members to provide individualized instruction for improving communication skills. Many individuals lack integrated oral motor skills and require specialized nutritional management services including mealtime feeding techniques, adapted mealtime equipment, and appropriate diet textures.
The speech therapist develops a plan to support the individuals oral motor challenges and trains the staff working with the individual. Other oral motor services are provided, including use of the Interplak toothbrush and oral stimulation.
Individuals need occupational therapy support to develop fine motor skills and limit the potential for contracture development through custom splinting and targeted exercise.
Occupational therapy helps individuals with sensory processing issues, including touch, sound and movement. Adaptive equipment is provided (and often individually fabricated) to help individuals participate in feeding, dressing, grooming or environmental control.
These rooms provide individuals the opportunity to explore their sensory world in a safe, fun and therapeutic environment. Through exploration, newly acquired skills allow them to register, understand and respond appropriately in their sensory world.
This refined sensory understanding helps them master skills in the classroom and at home.