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Certifications & Specialties

  • Interactive Metronome

    IM is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists and other professionals who work with pediatric and adult patients with neurological conditions that affect cognitive and motor functioning. IM provides an objective method for measuring deficits and for tracking improvement.

    IM is an evidence-based, engaging therapeutic modality that improves cognitive and motor skills. The design of the program ensures that patients recognize progress as it is occurring, increasing their motivation toward therapy and their ultimate recovery. IM is used to improve:

    - Attention
    - Coordination
    - Language processing
    - Reading and math fluency
    - Control of impulsivity/aggression

    Gena Roshto, OTR/L, and Suzanne Bledsoe, SLP, are certified in the assessment and treatment of IM.

  • Therapeutic Listening

    Therapeutic Listening is an evidence-based auditory intervention intended to support individuals who experience challenges with sensory processing dysfunction, listening, attention, and communication.

    The music in Therapeutic Listening albums gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information.  The music is electronically modified to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally trigger attention and activate body movement. In addition to the electronic modifications, Therapeutic Listening capitalizes on the organized rhythmical sound patterns inherent in music to trigger the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system. 

    Clients listen to specifically recorded and enhanced music via headphones as a part of an in-clinic and/or home therapy program. Therapeutic Listening is implemented as part of a home program designed by a trained therapist to suit the unique needs of each client. There are five different series of music, with over 45 album selections, from which therapists can choose to develop a custom therapy program to suit the individual needs of each client.

    Practitioners and caregivers commonly report seeing improvements in:

    •    sensory modulation
    •    posture and movement
    •    attention
    •    improved social interactions
    •    increased engagement in the world
    ...all leading to gains in day to day function and communication. 

    Therapists specifically trained in TL at HOPE Landing are Leslie Barbaree, OTA/TL Coordinator, and Kristi Lowery, OTR/L.

  • Dyslexia

    HOPE Landing offers Dyslexia Assessment and Intervention utilizing the DuBard Association Method®. The DuBard Method is a structured, phonetic, scientifically based, multisensory teaching-learning strategy that is Orton-Gillingham based in content and principles of instruction. It provides the tools needed to assist individuals with language disorders, including the written language disorder of dyslexia.

    Jo Ellen Colvin, SLP, is certified in the assessment and treatment of dyslexia through the DuBard Method.

  • Beckman Oral Motor Therapy

    The Beckman Oral Motor Protocol uses assisted movement and stretch reflexes to quantify response to pressure and movement, range, strength, variety and control of movement for the lips cheeks, jaw, tongue and soft palate. The assessment is based on clinically defined functional parameters of minimal competence and does not require the cognitive participation of the individual. Because these components of movement are functional, not age specific, the protocol is useful with a wide range of ages (birth to geriatric) and diagnostic categories.

    Beckman Oral Motor Therapy which addresses issues concerning Oral Motor Patterns and Oral Motor Impairments.

    Suzanne Bledsoe, SLP, Jo Ellen Colvin, SLP, and Chelsy Roberts, SLP, are trained in the Beckman Oral Motor assessment and treatment.

  • PATH Intl. Registered Therapist
    Kristi Lowery, OTR/L is Hope Landing’s PATH Intl. Registered Therapist

    The PATH Intl. Registered Therapist is a licensed therapy professional (OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP or SLPA) who provides occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech language pathology services incorporating hippotherapy at a PATH Intl. Member Center. This is not a certification; it is recognition of completion of the relevant American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. (AHA,Inc.) courses and your ability to incorporate hippotherapy into treatment as a part of your patient's larger total plan of care.

    Therapists that are recognized as a PATH, Intl. Registered Therapist have completed:
    1. Completion of the AHA, Inc. Level 1 and Level 2 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles courses.
    2. Completion of 20 hours of patient treatment using equine movement supervised by a PATH Intl. registered therapist, AHCB certified therapist or Hippotherapy Clinical
    Specialist (R) /HPCS.
    3. Passing score on a PATH Intl. Standards course and exam.
    4. Valid therapist license.

  • PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor

    Jennifer Cassel PT, DPT

    The PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) is a voluntary, entry-level credential for individuals in the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) profession, who provide riding instruction and therapeutic value to people with disabilities. This may include mounted or unmounted work, ethically partnering with an equine. PATH Intl. CTRIs have met established criteria and standards of practice in the field. They have demonstrated their knowledge of disabilities, equines, teaching, and human-animal interactions.

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