Welcome to Community Therapeutix
Bridging the Gap: Need more support? School therapy services focus on goals related specifically to helping a child be successful in the school environment.
If you are looking for more occupational or physical therapy services than the school model provides, visit our Health 180 website for more information.
Our mission for over 40 years has been to maximize a child’s potential across all areas of development. We provide quality therapeutic care for children of all ages, from preschool through high school.
We believe the most effective way to nurture and encourage a child’s development is to educate those directly involved in the child’s daily care. By educating parents, teachers and paraprofessionals, we can create therapeutic opportunities for students throughout the day, which will facilitate the goals of direct services.
We continually offer our therapists progressive educational opportunities to ensure the highest quality of care. Passing that education on to parents instills a sense of empowerment which maximizes their potential in the parental role. This approach ensures that the whole child is being considered, going beyond pockets of performance and enhancing the individual’s overall potential.
Community Therapeutix offers extensive experience and training with working in school environments.
We treat students with physical and developmental disorders, focused on improving and developing skills needed for success in the school environment. Occupational therapy is geared toward addressing issues in regards to fine motor skills, sensory, visual motor and/or motor planning. We are dedicated to evaluating our students’ individual needs and providing therapeutic interventions that best support functional independence.
Many students who qualify for occupational therapy have sensory processing issues, which can be present in the areas of visual, tactile (touch), gustatory (taste), olfactory (smell) proprioceptive (body awareness) and vestibular (balance and movement). Responses to the information traveling on these sensory pathways often elicit behavioral reactions that range from mild or moderate to severe and can significantly influence a child’s development. Our highly qualified therapists are able to recommend strategies for the classroom environment that will minimize these reactions.
These services focus on improving students’ mobility and function in the school environment. Some of the methods used are Therapeutic Listening, TAAP (Treadmill for Children with Autism and Apraxia Protocol), and treatment addressing the impact of functional vision difficulties on balance and coordination.
Diagnoses We Specialize in Treating
Professional Development: We are always happy to contribute to our districts’ professional development days, and can tailor topics to your individual needs.
Our team of therapists has extensive experience and training in working with children with these diagnoses:
- Autism / Aspergers
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Food Intolerance / Sensitivity
- Visual Perceptual Deficits
- Apraxia (motor planning, spatial awareness)
- Graphomotor Dysfunction
- Developmental Delays
- Severe / Profound Retardation
- Neurologically Impaired
- “Quirky Kids”
…and many others
Licensed Occupational Therapist / Director
Kathy graduated from Tufts University in 1972, and has been a practicing Occupational Therapist since that time. Her philosophy is to fully assess and understand the needs of each child and adult, and to design a treatment strategy that will support development and progress towards their goals, maximum independence, and full engagement and participation in all areas of life.
Licensed Occupational Therapist / Certified Holistic Health Practitioner / CranioSacral Practitioner
Todd graduated from the University of Hartford in 1997 with a Degree in Occupational Therapy, and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, he assisted clients at Rhode Island Hospital, offering care in: rehabilitation, acute mental health, burn care, acute inpatient and outpatient, and pain management. He also supported early development in school systems in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island, specializing in the care of children within the spectrum of autism, developmental disabilities, neurological conditions, genetic disorders and behavioral issues.
Areas of particular interest include: integrating manual therapies with BioEnergetic medicine and lifestyle changes to promote health and wellness; treating infants and toddlers to remediate influences of their individual life traumas; supporting people suffering from chronic pain and related emotional issues; and exploring nutrition’s role as it relates to internal states of balance and quality of life.
He believes in the benefits of touch, and views the therapeutic process as a means of releasing the inherent corrective capabilities within each patient. He views the physical body as an integrated vessel in which emotion, spirit and life energy produce our individual experience. Imbalance in any area can lead us away from wellness and health.
Certified Occupational Therapist Asst. / Assistant Director
Aaron specializes in sensory integration and autism, connecting the behavioral aspect with the neurological disorder. He spent many years working in the school systems, and has extensive experience working with children of all ages. He immerses himself in continuing education and has had a wealth of training on several different avenues. He enjoys working with children and adults, and primarily focuses on ages 2 through 12.
Sharon joined Community Therapeutix as part-time clerical help when the company was solely a school-based occupational therapy provider. Through the years her responsibilities have expanded as the company has grown to include school based physical therapy and many private clinic services. She enjoys the challenges presented by a company that is constantly growing and changing in order to best meet the needs of our patients, and says that she couldn’t do it without the support of a great office staff.
Sharon is married and the proud mother of one son and twin daughters.