Treatment Services

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a form of intervention in which the therapist and child work to develop or improve the necessary skills for daily living through activity. Therapy can target skills needed for coordination, school readiness and performance, self help such as feeding, dressing and grooming, focus and attention, play/social interaction, eye-hand coordination, calming, regulatory behaviors and more. We use a variety of treatment approaches, one of which is sensory integration. Sensory Integration is the ability of the brain and body to take incoming sensory information and create an efficient motor output. Your therapist will develop appropriate home programming and family education in addition to direct treatment of your child.


A co-treatment consists of an Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist who will treat your child together. The Occupational Therapist will provide Sensory input which stimulates language learning. During the therapy session the needed sensory component can be provided during or directly before a speech/language task. The collaboration of both professionals provides children with the best possible intervention.

Feeding Therapy:

Feeding Therapy is provided by our trained Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Occupational Therapists. Feeding Therapy addresses feeding difficulties due to oral-motor, swallowing and/or sensory processing difficulties related to interacting with and consuming foods. Approaches used by our therapists during feeding therapy sessions include The Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (S.O.S.), Food Chaining and Talk Tools Oral Placement Therapy. During feeding therapy sessions children will learn how to have positive, relaxed and playful interactions with both familiar (preferred) foods and less familiar (non-preferred) foods while working towards increasing the variety of foods consumed in their diets. 

Speech-Language Therapy

Generally speaking, pediatric Speech-Language Therapy is the evaluation/assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of children with communication difficulties. Speech Disorders refer to difficulty with the actual production of sounds where as Language Disorders refer to difficulty understanding what others are communicating or difficulty putting words together and/or expressing ones own thoughts/ideas/wants/needs, etc.

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy:

What Can Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy Accomplish?

Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy involves an individualized program to help a person retrain these adaptive patterns of muscle function to create and maintain a healthy and more efficient orofacial system. Treatment goals may include the following:

  • Normalize tongue and lip resting postures
  • Establish nasal breathing patterns
  • Eliminate improper chewing and swallowing patterns
  • Address harmful oral habits including:
  • Prolonged pacifier use
  • Thumb and/or finger sucking
  • Fingernail, cheek, or lip biting
  • Tongue sucking
  • Clenching or grinding of the teeth


Integrated Listening System (iLs):

Based on clinically proven outcomes, iLs programs strengthen existing pathways and create new neural connections/pathways in the brain (“neuroplasticity”). As these neurological connections grow stronger, language skills and emotional/psychological functions, such as self-confidence and regulation, also tend to improve.

The improvements in brain function are based on the premise that our higher brain functions – the “cortical functions” such as language, cognitive skills, socialization – rely and depend upon how well sensory input is received and processed as it enters the central nervous system and is relayed to the upper brain. iLs improves processing at both the sub-cortical and cortical levels.


Who Can Benefit?

iLs has a global effect on the brain and central nervous system, influencing the following systems: balance, visual, auditory, motor, coordination, behavior and emotional regulation. As a result, it is successfully implemented for a wide variety of conditions:

Learning difficulties, reading, auditory processing
Attention & regulation
Sensory Processing
Speech & Language
Autism and other neuro-developmental difficulties
For more information please visit the iLs website

Exceptional Children's Center

7001 A Loisdale Road,

Springfield, VA 22150

Phone. 703-971-0602

Fax. 703-971-0606



Monday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Tuesday7:30AM - 7:00PM
Wednesday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Thursday8:00AM - 7:00PM
Friday8:00AM - 4:30PM