Our team incorporates the “whole child” approach, in which all factors that may be adversely affecting a child’s development are taken into account. Often, these factors may not be directly related to the delay or disorder — such as mental, emotional, or social health — but can have a profound effect on the overall success of the child. We work closely with caregivers and other service providers to ensure that your child receives collaborative services that are essential to developmental learning and the carryover of skills. We believe that long-term success will be achieved when your child is healthy, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Our staff sets us apart! At Whole Child Therapies, we are committed to employing only the most highly qualified staff. Our dedicated team of therapists includes licensed and/or certified professionals — such as speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, trained therapy assistants, and classroom instructors.
Whole Child Therapies was founded in 1995 by Joanne Murphy, a certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She has provided pediatric services on the Treasure Coast for the past 30 years, working with an array of childhood developmental disorders. She has provided services in public schools, developmental programs, and in private practice. In 2020, Joanne opened the Whole Child Therapies facility in Stuart and has expanded services to also include occupational therapy, as well as an educational enrichment program, PALS (The Program for Alternative Learning Styles).
Whole Child Therapies provides high-quality, individualized therapy to children (infant to 15 years). We specialize in evaluating and designing treatment plans to address motor, communicative, social and emotional needs. We offer Speech-Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Social Groups to treat the following:
- Communication Disorders
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Childhood Syndromes
- Oral-Motor & Feeding
- Language Impairments
- Stuttering & Voice
- Apraxia & Dysarthria
- Social Communication
- Behavior Disorders
- Sensory Integration
- Daily Living Skills
- Motor and Handwriting
Both communication and fine motor assessments include the administration of a variety of standardized and non-standardized measures. These tools are used to provide you with the most accurate descriptions of your child’s strengths, as well as challenges. These tools will compare your child’s skills to those of typically developing peers. Non-standardized measures may include the observation of your child in play, language samples, parent interviews, review of previous reports, and classroom observations. Speech-language and occupational therapy evaluations can be completed exclusive of each other or as a full skill evaluation, depending on the child’s needs.
At Whole Child Therapies, we believe that the ability to communicate is one of the single most important skills that a child can acquire. Comprehension and the expression of language allow children to participate in their environment, form meaningful relationships with others, and provides a sense of pride and accomplishment. Communication therapy services at Whole Child Therapies focus on the use of evidence-based strategies embedded in functional and relevant activities to achieve communicative success. The ability to listen, gesture, and speak creates access to social relationships and gives children the ability to get their wants and needs met. Our services are part of a trans-disciplinary team approach that strives to integrate your child’s specific goals into all aspects of therapy in which the child participates. We welcome collaboration among professionals for optimum success. Parent involvement in the therapy process is essential to ensure carryover of learned skills into other daily activities. Parents are considered partners in every aspect of the therapy service.
Children have feeding disorders for a variety of reasons. Both biological and environmental factors can lead to a feeding disorder, including medical complications/procedures, oral motor delays and sensory processing disorder. Our trained speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists, who specialize in feeding disorders, will conduct a thorough assessment to evaluate your child’s oral motor function, response to texture and swallow and, if necessary, will provide on-going treatment.
Occupational therapy is a form of intervention in which the therapist and child work to develop or improve the necessary skills for functional daily living through activity. Therapy can target skills needed for: school readiness/performance, fine motor skills, coordination, cognitive/perceptual skills, self-care, social skills, as well as sensory integrative functioning. Sensory integration is the ability to process and respond to sensory information from touch, movement, vision, and hearing. Our Occupational Therapists (OT) are certified and experienced professionals, who are dedicated to evaluating and providing life-changing treatment.