Children's Therapy Program 2022 Growth
Clients and therapists have a lot to celebrate after another successful year at the Children’s Therapy Program (CTP) at Easter Seals Greater Houston!
In 2022, CTP provided 4,279 visits to 123 clients from all over Houston. The team provided a total of 189,667 minutes of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. CTP also expanded its Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) therapy services. In 2022, 15 trial or loaner devices were placed with families during treatment, six families purchased dedicated AAC devices, 25 clients were enrolled with a focus on AAC, and five clients were AAC graduates.
After going online during the pandemic, CTP permanently expanded clinical services to include both in-person and teletherapy options. This is especially convenient for clients that require multiple appointments, travel long distances, or have multiple medical needs.
The therapists also had a lot to celebrate. Miaya Allen, Speech Language Pathologist, was promoted to Assistant Director of CTP. She received her Master of Arts in Communication Disorders at the University of Houston in 2006 and has worked with Easter Seals of Greater Houston for over 10 years. She specializes in pediatrics and has worked for 16 years in various settings, including Early Childhood Intervention (ECI), private practice, public school districts, and an outpatient pediatric rehabilitation clinic. She works with children with developmental delays, speech and language disorders, feeding disorders, Autism, and other disabilities.
Miaya and Alysia Larin, Occupational Therapist, and Erica Toskovich, LMFT started a Parent Support Group for parents of CTP. They meet virtually to provide strategies and tips to assist in various areas. The group also gives parents a great way to connect with other parents and discuss their experiences. Some topics addressed this year included Back to School Stress Management, Caring for Siblings, and Managing Stress During the Holidays.
Children's Therapy Program therapists are proud of all they accomplished this year and look forward to continuing to serve clients in 2023. For more information about the Children's Therapy Program, contact Program Assistant Rubi Benavides at 713-838-9050 or 281-740-1108. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.