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Why Refer to High Hopes

High Hopes offers pediatric physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies in a state-of-the-art facility custom built to serve our pediatric patients from birth to age 21 years.  Our therapists have an average of over 14 years specialized pediatric experience.  High Hopes Development Center is the only facility in Williamson County that offers both an inclusive preschool (inclusive classrooms containing both children with and without specials needs) as well as a comprehensive outpatient pediatric therapy clinic.  This combination allows for children to receive the most benefit by having their therapists and teachers work in tandem with the family and physicians to ensure consistency of care.  Click here to meet our therapy team.


PHYSICAL THERAPY

Specialized treatment is offered in the following areas:physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies
*  Exercise for strengthening, range of motion, balance, coordination, and endurance
*  Developmental activities
*  Joint mobilization
*  Neuromuscular electrical stimulation
*  Serial Casting
*  Post-operative therapies
*  Equipment evaluations (wheelchairs, standers, walkers, etc.)
*  Orthotic evaluations and coordination (AFOs, SMOs, inserts, etc.)
*  Partial Weight Bearing Gait Training

Children who would benefit from PT may have:
*  Neuromuscular diagnoses (Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia, etc.)
*  Abnormal muscle tone (increased or decreased)
*  Orthopedic injuries or diagnoses
*  Abnormal gait (toe walking, crouched gait, etc.)
*  Muscular weakness
*  Decreased balance
*  Decreased coordination
*  Delayed developmental milestones
*  Torticollis (muscle tightness of the neck in infancy leading to abnormal posture)
*  Equipment needs
*  Bracing needs
*  Muscular tightness


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Specialized treatment is offered in the following areas:
• Promoting age-appropriate independence in activities of daily living (i.e. eating, dressing, writing, balance)
• Developing age-appropriate mobility, fine motor skillsphysical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies
• Facilitating play behavior and developmental skills
• Handwriting evaluations/treatment techniques
• Parent/family instruction
• Standardized evaluations
• Sensory integration evaluations/treatment techniques
• Individual treatment
• Classroom and/or clinic-based treatment
• Consultation with preschool teachers/caregivers

Children who can benefit from OT may have:
• Neuromuscular diagnoses (Cerebral Palsy, Dystonia, etc.)
• Abnormal muscle tone (increased or decreased)
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Sensory Processing difficulties (What is Sensory Processing?)
• Handwriting difficulties
• Delayed developmental milestones
• Picky eating habits (difficulty tolerating different kinds/flavors/textures of food)
• Fine motor/visual motor deficits
• Self-care difficulties
• Genetic Disorders


SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY

Speech and Language therapy at High Hopes addresses a variety of communication disorders including:
*  Sound production (articulation)
*  Receptive language skills (understanding and following directions)physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies
*  Expressive language skills (putting words together, naming objects, talking about events)
*  Pragmatics (eye contact, rules of conversation)
*  Fluency (speed of speech and stuttering)
*  Augmentative and assistive communication (sign language, communication boards, electronic systems)
*  Oral-motor and feeding skills (how the parts of the mouth move for speaking and eating)

Children who may benefit from Speech Therapy may have:

*  Apraxia
*  Articulation Disorders
*  Developmental Language Delays
*  Social/Pragmatic Language Disorders
*  Autism Spectrum Disorders
*  Cognitive Delays
*  Oral-Motor Deficits
*  Dysphagia/oral feeding disorders including difficulties with eating and swallowing
*  Dysarthria


 

FEEDING THERAPY

Children who may benefit from feeding therapy may demonstrate:
• Food refusal
• Food selectivity by type
• Food selectivity by texturephysical, occupational, speech and feeding therapies
• Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties)
• Oral motor dysfunction
• Recurrent vomiting
• Failure to thrive
• Mealtime tantrums
• Self-feeding deficits
• Feeding tube dependence

The most common causes of feeding and/or swallowing difficulties include:
• Complex medical conditions related to heart, lung, and gastroesophageal diseases
• Oral sensory and motor issues
• Structural abnormalities, such as cleft lip or palate
• Neuromuscular disorders
• Prematurity
• Developmental disabilities
• Social emotional and environmental factors



Click here to refer a patient to High Hopes.

 

  • 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
  • Testimonial

    "Teachers & therapists love the work they do"

    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 ...


    Learning to "eat like a boss!" ~ Anaya

    Anaya came home from Arkansas at 15 months old.  She had the most vibrant personality and we were smitten with her immediately!  At 15 months, she had never eaten food orally, nor even knew what that required.  She had a feeding tube as her main source of nutrition.

    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...


    Miracles Delivered through High Hopes ~ Caleb

    Caleb was born a perfectly healthy little boy July 11, 2012.  Two weeks later our world was turned upside down when he developed bacterial meningitis.  This  journey resulted in a month-long stay at Vanderbilt and life-long effects for Caleb of significant frontal lobe brain damage and risk of seizures.

    Caleb is our little fighter and has always had several guardian angels watching over him.  We came home from the hospital with no idea whether our son would walk, talk, eat well, or function as a typically-developing child.  We only knew we wanted to provide him with the best resources possible.  We sincerely believe it was one of those guardian angels who led us to be introdu...


    A Journey of Success ~ Caroline

    Our journey with High Hopes began in January 2006.  After relocating to Nashville, we were looking for a place for daycare and therapy for our then eight-month old daughter, Caroline, who was born with Down syndrome.  What we found in High Hopes was so much more.

    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...


    From a tragic beginning to a hopeful future: Meet Grayson

    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

    Hatcher, Stories of HopeHigh Hopes changes lives. My son, Hatcher, came to High Hopes at age one with Down syndrome and leukemia, unable to walk or talk. As a divorced mom with the responsibility of two older children and a baby that required multiple treatments and medical appointments, I could not work outside our home and applied for food stamps just to feed my children.

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


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