Learning Never Stops At BAC!

The Boston Ability Center takes pride in completing additional specialized trainings and learning about new research to provide best patient care. Last week, three of our BAC clinicians traveled to Portland, ME to take part in a four day training in the SOS Approach To Feeding.

The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, putting on lips, and eventually tasting and eating foods.

At the conference, clinicians learned that children who participated in a twelve week feeding group that used the SOS method increased their number of accepted foods by 41% (Boyd, 2007).

Whether your child is a picky eater, problem feeder, or somewhere in between, come see us at the Boston Ability Center to schedule a feeding evaluation and learn more.

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Looking For An Exciting Science Experiment For Your Little One?

Our friends at BAC LOVE science and learning! We hope you enjoy the “Color Surprise Experiment” that you and your little one can do together. You can have fun while practicing your child’s speech/language skills- see home ideas below!

Print pictures below and cut cards. Have your child put the cards in order and then retell the order of the activity using complete sentences (e.g., “FIRST, I poured the glue.”)
Ask wh-questions to encourage conversation, support problem solving skills and practice understanding of WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHY and YES/NO! 

What Makes BAC Unique?

One of the most unique and beneficial aspects of the Boston Ability Center is our ability to offer co-treatment sessions for our patients. During a “co-treat” children receive two of their services together for 15, 30, or 45 minutes. Patients can target their OT and speech-therapy, OT and PT, or speech therapy and PT goals while they complete various activities in our large motor space or in one of our individual treatment rooms. This treatment model allows clinicians to collaborate as they target various aspects of treatment, and encourages our patients to utilize multiple skills at once. Co treatment sessions also provide clinicians with additional insight regarding specific activities, goals, and supports.

During a co-treat, our occupational therapists may shed light on sensory or tactile areas to consider, our speech-therapists can model language on an alternative augmentative communication device, our physical therapists can provide awareness about body positioning and strength, and much more! Co-treatment sessions also offer scheduling benefits for many of our busy families! The Boston Ability Center takes pride in this multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to treatment.

“Braidy!”

Today in speech we made our own “Braidy”. Braidy isn’t just a string with fun pictures though, Braidy is the Story Grammar Marker’s mascot! The Story Grammar Marker is composed of visual and tactile parts to help kids identify different components of a story and improve their story recall with important details. This is great for all different type of learners with its multisensory functions!