Other Therapy Services

Other Therapy Services

At High Hopes, we strive to offer as many opportunities as possible to help your child achieve success in their day-to-day lives! In addition to our primary therapeutic services, we offer Therapeutic Listening, Irlen Screening, Feeding Therapy, and an Orthotics Program for your child.

Therapeutic Listening

Therapeutic Listening is an auditory therapeutic intervention that uses the organized sound patterns of music to impact all levels of the nervous system. Listening is a function of the whole brain and when we listen, we listen with our whole body as we shift our attention to orient, locate, and select important sounds. Based on this knowledge, our therapists believe Therapeutic Listening can greatly assist in improving the outcome of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy routines for many children.

The Therapeutic Listening program involves listening to electronically-altered music over specialized headphones, for thirty minutes, two times a day. Our specially-trained therapists can help you determine if Therapeutic Listening is right for your child and are experienced in blending treatments to give your child the most benefit from all therapeutic services.

Benefits that your child may receive from Therapeutic Listening include enhancement of the following skills:
• Attention
• Organized behavior
• Self-regulation
• Improvement in sleep/wake cycles
• Reduction in sensory sensitivities
• Toilet training
• Cessation of bed wetting
• Regulation of hunger/thirst cycles
• Motor planning
• Postural control
• Bilateral coordination
• Oral motor skills and articulation
• Handwriting and drawing skills
• Visual motor integration
• Communication
• Social skills

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Serial CastingTherapy Services

Serial Casting is a way to provide a prolonged stretch to a particular muscle or muscle group allowing for greater improvements in range of motion. These improvements in muscle length and flexibility may, then, translate into improved function and ease of activities of daily living.  Serial casting is performed in collaboration with an orthopedic physician or a neurologist, and oftentimes after Botox injections. Our trained therapists apply a cast to the extremity with the involved muscle in the stretched position and leave the cast on for one week. Subsequent casts may be applied with a larger stretch until desired flexibility is achieved.

Orthotics Program

Orthotics-during-PTSome children benefit from the additional external support of foot bracing/orthotics. High Hopes’ therapists are experienced in pediatric bracing and are able to cast and send away for custom orthotic fabrication (DAFO®) or consult with a community orthotist in order to obtain bracing that meets the individual needs of your child. At our facility, therapists assist with all aspects of the bracing process, including scheduling castings and fittings, ordering, justifying medical necessity for insurance purposes, monitoring fit and progress, and training parents and children on proper use and maintenance of orthotics.

Some options available through our Orthotics Program include:
• Over a dozen styles/colors of custom orthotics
• Stretching splints for night use
• Foot orthotics inserts

  • Upcoming Events

    1. Talbots In-Store Fundraiser

      August 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    2. Special Needs All Access Night at Discovery Center

      August 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    3. Great Americana BBQ Festival

      August 26 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
    4. Special Saturdays at Christ Presbyterian Church

      September 9 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
    5. High Hopes Family Picnic

      September 15 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    6. Free Autism Workshop at Vanderbilt

      September 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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    Meet our Elle.  Born in June 2010, Elle was six weeks early and spent almost two weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit learning to eat properly and gain weight.  At six months, we began noticing Elle was not meeting typical goals, like rolling over.  At 14 months, Elle still wasn't pulling up or talking, so we contacted Tennessee's Early Intervention System (TEIS) who said Elle had a Global Development Delay and recommended High Hopes.

    Elle began physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy weekly at High Hopes' Therapy Clinic at 16 months of age.  Shortly after, Elle began attending High Hopes' Preschool and ...

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    We had a friend recommend High Hopes and we began seeing a feeding therapist there.  The feeding therapist was so sweet and patient with us as we learned how to teach this phenomenon we call "eating."  We worked together empowering Anaya to do it and she made incredible improvement!  After 6 months at High Hopes Anaya became completely independent of the tube.  Within one year of  Anaya being home, she had her t...

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    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

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    Because of its unique setting, High Hopes has provided Caroline with a nurturing and caring atmosphere where she not only has gone to school, but also has received the many therapies she needs to thrive.  It gave us the comfort of knowing she was being cared for by compassionate teachers and therapists in a safe environment.  It was important that what Caroline was learning and workin...

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    Grayson was born with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco.  His withdrawals were so severe, he was in the hospital for three and a half months and was considered one of the worst cases of withdrawals that the nurses at Vanderbilt had ever seen.   As a result of his birth circumstances, Grayson often experienced respiratory distress and was diagnosed as significantly developmentally delayed.

    At 7 months, Grayson began receiving Physical, Occupational, Speech and Feeding therapies at The Therapy Clinic at High Hopes.  His therapists encouraged and supported the family while working to overcome so many obstacles and celebrated alongside them when they were...

    Meet Hatcher

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    When we arrived at High Hopes, we found help,...

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