Integrated Listening System available at Play for Real Therapy

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Integrated Listening System now available

at Play for Real Therapy Services

 

We are pleased to announce that we are now able to offer Integrated Listening System (iLs) programs here at Play for Real Therapy Services.

iLs uses filtered music and movement to improve brain function. The music is loaded on an iPod paired with special headphones, which deliver sound through both air and bone conduction (a low frequency vibration transmitted by bone to the inner ear).

iLs programs include acoustically modified classical music that provides enhanced or filtered signals in certain frequencies, as specific frequencies are believed to be correlated to certain brain functions. Simultaneous to the auditory component, the user engages in visual, vestibular and motor exercises that maximize the effect.

A growing body of research is showing positive effects of iLs programs in improving sensory processing, attention and regulation, auditory processing, reading and learning ability, and speech. You can visit the iLs website for more information, by clicking here.

Peter has recently trained as an iLs associate and can offer supervised iLs programs both here at our clinic and/or as a home program. For more information, use our contact form here, or call 321-872-8737.

January News Update

January News Update

We would like to wish you all a slightly belated Happy New Year, and hope that your year has got off to a good start. We have had a very busy and eventful month here at Play for Real.

Family Time

Our year got off to a wonderful start with a brief visit from Peter’s mother who lives in the UK. The flight over here was a surprise Christmas gift from her daughter, Geri. She was so excited to be able to see the clinic and hear about the work we do with children and families here at Play for Real. We all had a lovely time, but it seemed all to soon that she had to return to the chilly weather in the UK.

Peter and his mother at the Play for Real Clinic

Peter and his mother at the Play for Real Clinic

Play for Real Therapy Clinic Celebrates its First Anniversary

On January 19, we celebrated the first anniversary of opening the clinic. Our first year seems to have flown by, but it was nice to look back and see how much Play for Real has grown in that time, and to see our dream becoming a reality. We are excited at the prospect of expanding further this year and to see some of our plans and projects start to take shape.

Welcome to our New Therapist!

As part of our growth mentioned above, we are very excited to welcome Jessica Wicker, MOTR/L, who will be providing additional occupational therapy services for us. Although she is new to Play for Real, we have known Jessica for the last 14 years and are so pleased that she is making her skills and expertise available to our children and families.

DIRFloortime News

Lyn began an online DIRFloortime Training for professionals this month that has attracted participants from as far away as Singapore and Australia. We are also pleased to be able to tell you that the 20th Annual International DIRFloortime Conference will be in Orlando this year, September 23 & 24 at the Gaylord Hotel. We’ll let you know more details as they become available.

CARD Conference

To round off our January, we have just returned from the CARD Annual Conference in Orlando, where we were exhibitors for ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning). CARD (Center for Autism and Related Disabilities), provides a lot of support and help for parents, caregivers and professionals living and working with children and adults on the Autism spectrum. Lyn and Jeff Guenzel, the CEO of ICDL, gave a short presentation on DIRFloortime and we all got to talk with lots of parents and professionals about DIRFloortime and the work we do here at Play for Real.

Lyn to conduct DIRFloortime training at Miami Children’s Hospital

The cover of the brochure for Miami DIRFloortime training

Miami DIRFloortime Training

Lyn to conduct DIRFloortime training at Miami Children’s Hospital

Lyn is off to Miami next weekend where she will be conducting DIRFloortime training at Nicklaus (Miami) Children’s Hospital. We are excited that the hospital is pursuing DIRFloortime training for their clinical staff.

This time last year Lyn and Kathy Platzman, the Clinical Director for The Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), spent a weekend in Miami teaching the DIR 101 class to about 50 of the hospital staff. This year, the hospital has asked Lyn and Kathy to return. As a result, on June 13 & 14 they will be repeating the DIRFloortime 101 class for more of the staff, and then going on to start the professional DIRFloortime 201 training on Monday June 15.

DIR 101 is an introductory course that reviews the theoretical framework, scientific evidence, and scope of application of the DIR model and Floortime. This course is open to parents and self-advocates as well as professionals.

DIR 201 is an intensive theory and practicum course for professionals only, and is the first stage of a series of courses for clinicians who want to use the DIRFloortime approach in their clinical setting.

Although Nicklaus (Miami) Children’s Hospital is hosting the DIRFloortime 101 and 201 classes, the courses are not exclusive to their staff so, if you are interested in registering, please go to www.icdl.com/courses.

Please note that, because of the Miami training, the Play for Real Therapy clinic will be closed on Friday June 12 and Monday June 15. We will be open for business as usual on Tuesday June 16.

Beyond The Spectrum 2nd Annual Resource Fair a success!

 

a picture of the program for the Beyond the Spectrum 2nd annual conference and resource fair

Beyond the Spectrum

 

Beyond the Spectrum - Another successful Conference and Resource Fair

The Spectrum Resource Committee held another successful “Beyond The Spectrum” Conference and Resource Fair this last Saturday (May 9). It was very well attended and we had an enjoyable day, meeting so many families and professionals – some for the first time and some old friends! It provided a great opportunity for us to share what Play for Real Therapy Services has to offer.

Play for Real was one of about fifty vendors providing a wide variety of information and resources to the community. Several breakout sessions were held throughout the day, including a presentation by Lyn on an overview of the DIRFloortime model developed by Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D.

In addition to all the useful information and resources available, there were also many fun and exciting activities and events for the children and their families. The silent auction rounded off a successful day, with an impressive array of wonderful items!

We would like to thank the Spectrum Resource Committee for all their hard work in setting up this very worthwhile event, along with co-sponsors Puzzle Box Academy, PALS and Autism Early Enrichment. In addition, we would like to thank all of the volunteers and representatives from the community who helped to make this such a successful day. Last but not least, we would also like to thank all of you who attended – it was so nice to meet you!

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Beyond The Spectrum 2nd Annual Conference & Resource Fair

Beyond The Spectrum 2nd Annual Conference & Resource Fair

Beyond The Spectrum 2nd annual conference and resource fair

On Saturday May 9th 2015, the Spectrum Resource Committee will be holding their second annual conference and resource fair, Beyond The Spectrum, at Melbourne auditorium.

Play for Real Therapy Services will be participating in this event and we look forward to meeting you there! Stop by our table to say hello and find out more about the services we offer.

Lyn is one of the presenters and will be providing an overview of DIRFloortime®. Her presentation is scheduled at 2:30pm in Room B. After the presentation she will be able to answer some of your questions on DIRFloortime®.

The Beyond The Spectrum second annual conference and resource fair will take place between 11am and 4pm on Saturday May 9th, 2015 at:

Melbourne Auditorium

625 E Hibiscus Blvd

Melbourne, FL 32901

See you there!

Play for Real Clinic Opens Today!

A picture of Peter and Lyn outside the Play for Real Therapy Clinic which opens today!

Play for Real Therapy Clinic opens today!

Play for Real Clinic Opens Today!

After several months of preparation, Play for Real Therapy Services new clinic officially opens its doors to both existing and new clients today. This marks a significant milestone in our journey toward a center of excellence, that provides quality evidence-based occupational therapy to children and their families through the use of therapeutic play.
We are excited that the Play for Real Clinic is now open. The increased space has allowed us to create different therapy areas providing a wider range of therapeutic opportunities. The new areas include:

  • therapy gym
  • imaginative play area
  • messy play area
  • quiet room
  • table-top area
  • testing and computer room

You can see pictures of these areas of the Play for Real Clinic in the slideshow on our home page.
The opening hours for the Play for Real therapy clinic will be Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. However, bear in mind that we may be in sessions or out on a home visit, so please contact us first if you wish to visit the clinic and do not have an appointment.