Combined Treatment Sessions
The Oxford Dictionary defines the adjective ‘combined’ as “characterized by cooperation or united action”. In our practice, we offer sessions where both an Occupational and a Speech Therapist jointly treat certain children who require this united action. The combined aim of the therapy is generalised and integrated improvement in the functional ability in the child.
Children on the PDD spectrum and some children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction frequently require the services of both a Speech Therapist and an Occupational Therapist. Where modulation and planning are aims of therapy for both therapists, a joint session is sometimes recommended by the therapists. Both therapists work together on modulation.
The Occupational Therapist then provides sensory experiences, information and stimulation and the Speech Therapist brings in the comprehension and language. Through this, the child progresses and develops in an integrated way.