SAFE: Sensory and Feeding Enrichment Center

Mission Statement

The SAFE team is driven to motivate each child through dynamic movement and exploratory play, holistically meeting each child’s sensory and feeding needs by utilizing innovative resources and education to improve quality of life for the child and the family.

Goals

We strive to meet the high standards of our mission statement for every child, every session, every day. We understand that the continuum of care surpasses weekly treatment sessions and incorporates the child’s home, school, and community. Our belief is that the most successful therapy outcomes are attained through a collaborative approach among therapists, families, caregivers, and medical professionals. Our program offers a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral, and nutritional factors with a strong emphasis on family involvement and consistent collaboration with other care providers.

What makes SAFE different

SAFE is a pediatric therapy program specializing in the evaluation and treatment of sensory processing and feeding disorders. It specializes in comprehensive treatment offered in intensive blocks, that include:

  • One-on-one parent consultations
  • Intensive home programming
  • Parent training
  • Consistent collaboration with other professionals
  • Evidence based practice: DIR Floortime, SOS approach, Food Chaining, and OT's have completed the STAR center mentorship
  • Multi-disciplinary practice including OTs and SLPs
  • Treatment facility specifically designed for individuals with sensory and feeding challenges
  • Access to resources to educate and empower parents
  • Utilization and training for Integrative Listening System (iLS)

Program Options

Intensive Full Semester Program:  

  • 6 months in length  
  • Treatment sessions range from 2-3 sessions a week with a highly qualified SAFE therapist
  • SAFE consultation and report
  • 6 hours of one on one parent training meetings with a SAFE therapist
  • Specialized home exercise program
  • 3-7 parent chosen goals
  • Home visits as needed
  • Use of specialized equipment and facilities is reserved for SAFE clients

Block Program

  • 3 months in length  
  • Treatment sessions range from 2-3 sessions a week with a highly qualified SAFE therapist
  • SAFE consultation and report
  • 5 hours of one on one parent training meetings with a SAFE therapist
  • Specialized home exercise program
  • 3-5 parent chosen goals
  • Home visits as needed
  • Use of specialized equipment and facilities is reserved for SAFE clients

 Summer SAFE:  This is an 8 week program offered during the summer months, with 1-3 treament sessions a week.  It includes 2 hours of parent training with a SAFE therapist, 1-2 parent chosen goals, a specialized home exercise program; a post test report; home visits as needed; and use of specialized equipment and facilities.  

  • 8 weeks in length  
  • Treatment sessions range from 1-3 sessions a week with a highly qualified SAFE therapist
  • SAFE consultation and report
  • 2 hours of one on one parent training meetings with a SAFE therapist
  • Specialized home exercise program
  • 1-3 parent chosen goals
  • Home visits as needed
  • Use of specialized equipment and facilities is reserved for SAFE clients

Snap-Shot Sessions:  This is an option to sample what SAFE has to offer.  It is offered in one month treatment blocks.  New clients are offered up to two treatment blocks per year.  Returning clients are offered up to three treatment blocks per year.  In a snap-shot treatment block, 1 treatment session per week is be offered for 4 weeks in the SAFE facility with a SAFE therapist. Any remaining prescribed time would continue to be provided by your child’s current therapist and setting. 

Fees

SAFE treatment sessions are billed to your funding source (Medicaid, insurance, etc.).  SAFE intensive programming includes specialty services that cannot be billed to your funding source. Fees vary for the different programming options. 

Consultation fees are paid as a one time payment.  We do offer a direct draft installment payment plan for the programming fees that follow enrollment.  

Please contact the SAFE Team at 501-772-3023 for more information. 

Eligibility

Not all children require the intensive model of therapy that SAFE provides. To help parents determine whether their child will benefit from SAFE the following guidelines can serve as a reference.  Eligibility for the feeding and sensory programs include: 


Feeding Program Eligibility

  • Child is transitioning from tube to oral feeds
  • Child has low volume of oral intake
  • Child has poor weight gain
  • Child has limited variety of taste and textures in diet
  • Child has difficulty transitioning to advanced textures
  • Child demonstrates food refusal
  • Child exhibits maladaptive behaviors around eating
  • Child exhibits behaviors at mealtime resulting in anxiety or stress excessively 
  • Child exhibits sensory defensiveness
  • Child exhibits oral motor functioning inhibiting feeding
  • Parent/caregiver has ability to follow guidelines for participation and attendance requirements
  • Parent/caregiver and child are capable of participating in all intensive home programming


Sensory Program Eligibility

  • Child qualifies on standardized testing
  • Parent/caregiver expresses decreased functioning in daily activities
  • Child presents with faulty sensory processing outputs according to collected neurological data and professional observation in consultation
  • Parent/caregiver has ability to follow guidelines for participation and attendance requirements
  • Parent/caregiver and child are capable of participating in all intensive home programming


How to Get Started

If you have concerns for your child based upon the eiligibility criteria listed above, discuss any specific concerns with your child's pediatrician. A referral for a feeding or sensory evaluation may be warranted in order to determine if your child presents with a feeding and/or sensory disorder. 

If you would like more information regarding SAFE please contact the SAFE Team at (501) 772-3023.  Following an informal intake process, appropriate SAFE program options for your child will be discussed. 

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(1) Ahn, R. R., Miller, L.J., Milberger, S., & McIntosh, D. N., (2004). Prevalence of parents’ perceptions of sensory processing disorders among kindergarten children. Americal Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58, 287-293.


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