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The Benefits of Co-Treatment with Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists

What is Co-Treatment?

If you or your child receive multiple therapies, you may have encountered the term “co-treating”. Co-treatment involves receiving treatment for multiple disciplines during a single session. This collaboration of therapy specialists can be of great benefit for clients. The decision to implement co-treatment into your child’s therapy session is a choice typically suggested by the current therapists with an agreement from the caregivers. Take a look at some of the benefits we see during our co-treatments with occupational therapy and speech therapy.

Benefits of Co-Treatment:
  • Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) and Occupational Therapists (OTs) simultaneously deliver therapy utilizing and combining their own areas of expertise. 
  • Both professionals coordinate and implement intervention goals, consistently updating plans as your child progresses. This collaboration of disciplines takes part with every child that we serve, not just those who are co-treated. Therapists consistently discuss and advise each other to deliver the best services possible. 
  • SLPs and OTs have overlapping areas of knowledge that can help advance progress for the child. 
  • The combination of sensory or movement activities of occupational therapy and the speech and language input of speech therapy can engage and excite your child. 
  • If your schedule has time constraints, co-treatment can reduce the time spent at therapy visits. Please note that co-treatment should not be chosen solely to reduce time of visits to the office. Co-treatment needs to be ideal for your child and help him/her to prosper with therapy goals. 
  • Your child will have opportunities to carryover skills and goals to different environments, contexts and communication partners.

The goal of co-treatment is to deliver a full treatment session working towards your child’s goals with as much, if not more, benefit as a one-on-one session. When co-treating you get the combined knowledge and collaboration of two specialized therapists. As mentioned before, the decision to implement co-treatment is specific to your child’s needs and personality. Co-treatment does not meet every child’s needs, but it is always an option to discuss with therapists. If you are interested or want to learn more about co-treatment initiate the conversation with your child’s therapists and they will be happy to thoroughly discuss the options.

By Kelly Dugan

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Crystal Scheibe

Great place, glad we found them. Been going to Medina over 2 months now and he loves Lauryn and Kyler. Wish they had more ABA therapy places available... live in Wooster and long drive everyday.

Karrie Swan LaRock

My 11 year old son has dyslexia and has made noticeable gains in working At LLA THERAPY. Katie is strong in her approach toward him and also keeps him comfortable enough to perform well. We will continue visiting both the Fairlawn and Hudson offices and recommend them highly.

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My 9 year old just completed about 9 months of weekly speech sessions (due to his stuttering) with Matt Hagge at LLA and we are thrilled with the experience and results. What I thought might be a negative (what kid really wants to go to speech class?) was made very positive by Matt, and my son never hesitated or complained when we talked about class. He really enjoyed it and really took what Matt taught him to heart. His speech has been greatly improved and we definitely recommend LLA. Thank you so much!

Heather Dougherty-Pantoja

My son’s Occupational Therapist, Jess, is an amazing OT! She gives practical tips on working with my son at home and school!

Terri Apgar

I cannot say enough good things about LLA Therapy. My daughter was a client of Teal Simmons’ for approximately 2 years and was just released from speech therapy! She was diagnosed with Apraxia in 2015 and worked with Teal twice a week. Through Teal’s application of PROMPT therapy, my daughter had age-appropriate speech after one year. All of the staff we interacted with at LLA were absolutely wonderful. They really care about what they do and making sure your child achieves their goals.

Kelli Geisler Davisson

LLA Therapy has been an excellent experience for my son as well as my family! My son always asks, "When can I go see Ms. Jeannine again, is it Monday??" He has also made huge gains in only 5 months! I would highly recommend LLA and have already shared my experience with friends looking for services!

Victoria Hansford-Price

We are so grateful for our Speech Therapist Ms.Teal. We have seen a great improvement with our sons confidence and communication abilities since we have started "Prompt" therapy. What we love the most about LLA and Ms. Teal is that Kohl feels comfortable and relaxed which has played a critical role in his progress. Thank you Ms. Teal for all you have done.

Laura Lee Hogsett

They have helped in numerous ways. Speech, OT and behavioral. I've had numerous compliments on my son's progress thanks in very large part to LLA. I would recommend LLA before I recommend our local children's hospitals, though they are good, they don't have the staff that LLA does.

Amy Furukawa

We had a great experience with Matt Hagge at LLA! Our Middle School age son was becoming very conscious of his voice, which is nasal due to a cleft palate. Matt helped him to better form his sounds and project his voice in a way that makes the unavoidable nasality less noticeable.Our son is more confident and outgoing & even took on a speaking role in the church play. Matt has the perfect personality to relate with our son, and we would recommend him to anyone needing speech therapy services!

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