Occupational Therapy

Therapies Occupational, Physical,
and Speech

The Youngstown Hearing & Speech Center’s T.O.P.S. program is designed to serve children from birth to approximately five years of age with fine and gross motor delays and communication or feeding delays, residing in Mahoning and Columbiana counties. Children who are medically fragile can benefit from this program.

A licensed Social Worker, Speech-Language Pathologist, Physical Therapist, and Occupational Therapist, specializing in the treatment of infants and children staff the program.

It is often difficult for parents of medically fragile children to obtain all three therapies at one site simultaneously, YHSC meets that need. The three therapists work with the group of children at the same time, and in the same room. This allows for socialization among the children. The program provides complete developmental assessments, consultation and referral services, and assistance in selecting necessary equipment the families may need for their child.

The program objectives are designed to meet the needs of both the children and families. The therapists’s use neuro-developmental techniques and sensory integration theories to achieve developmental milestones.

  • Increase ability of the parents and caregivers to participate in the total habilitation of their child in the home.
  • Improve the coordination of all therapists working with the child.
  • Increase the child’s pragmatic and socialization skills through participation in a group setting.
  • If appropriate, assist families in transitioning to other programs, such as pre-school.
  • Maximize the child’s development in all modalities through the integrated therapy approach combined with the high degree of parental involvement.

If you would like more information on this program contact YHSC at 330-726-8855 and ask for Carolyn Thomas or email her at cthomas@yohsc.com