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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, Kristi Lowery, OTR/L, Allyn Lowry, SLP.

  • 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, and Allyn Lowry, SLP, are both trained in the Beckman Oral Motor assessment and treatment.

  • PATH Intl. Registered Therapist

    The PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Intl. Registered Therapist is a licensed therapist (OT, PT, COTA, PTA, SLP or SLPA) who would like to perform hippotherapy at a PATH Intl. Member Center. This is not a certification; it is recognition of completion of the AHA, Inc., courses and your ability to perform hippotherapy as a licensed therapist.

    In order to become a PATH Intl. Registered Therapist a person must complete the necessary training and requirements with the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc., first and then complete the PATH Intl. Registered Therapist application process with PATH Intl.

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

  • PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor

    A PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Intl. Registered Level Instructor is able to conduct a safe, basic equestrian lesson to individuals with special needs. Jennifer Cassel is a PATH Intl. Certified Riding Instructor.