Pediatric Therapies at TLC
Pediatric therapy is available for TLC preschool students and for children in the community from ages birth to 12. Preschool students receive therapy sessions either in their classrooms during activities with their fellow students or in private rooms. Children from the community receive therapy sessions in private rooms on the TLC campus, in their homes, in hospitals, or out in the community.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do all children at TLC receive therapies?
No, only children with a diagnosed special need. If a teacher, parent, or therapist in the classroom working with another child suspects the possibility of a developmental delay or disability, then the child can be observed by TLC staff and if both the therapeutic services manager and a specialized therapist agree a developmental delay might be present, then the child can undergo an assessment with the parents’ consent. If a child is diagnosed with a special need then they can begin receiving services.
Are all pediatric therapy services covered?
TLC accepts almost every major form of insurance, including Medicaid. If insurance won’t cover a child’s therapy or if the family does not have insurance, TLC accepts self-pay and has scholarship funding on a first-come and need-based availability. Scholarship funding comes from grants and donors.
What if I don’t want my child to have therapy?
Therapy may be recommended by TLC after close interaction with a child in our classrooms, but a child is not enrolled in therapy or paired with a therapist without the consent of the parent(s) or guardian. In cases of divided guardianship with split desires, we follow the recommendations of the court.
If my child is not a TLC preschooler can they still get therapy?
TLC provides therapies to children in the community from birth to 12 years old. Being a TLC student, even if your child is preschool age, is not required. We do have wait lists, though, and recommend you call early if you’ve received a referral from a doctor or suspect your child has a developmental delay or disability.
How long will my child need therapy?
This depends on the child, their diagnosis, and the goals for therapy decided by the parents, the therapist(s), and the child’s doctor if they’re involved in the treatment plan. Some children may have a goal that can be met in six months to a few years and then will be discharged from therapy, whereas other children may have chronic conditions that will require ongoing therapy. Upon graduation from TLC at 12 years old children with chronic conditions will be referred to new providers.
What’s the benefit of therapists on campus if my child is typically developing?
The number one benefit is that all TLC therapists are highly-trained in working with young children, are trained in the Pyramid Plus approach to social-emotional development just like TLC teachers, and most have years of experience working in classrooms. A therapist may be working with a child on motor-skill development when your child comes over to play, too. While the therapist is working specifically with the therapy child, they will still engage your child, facilitate play between the children, and provide additional nurturing and supervision during classroom activities. When on campus, you might not be able to tell who is a teacher and who is a therapist. You’ll see therapists helping children pedal tricycles around the playground, learn to hold a pencil, eat their lunch, interact with peers, and much more.
Our specialized pediatric therapists have a variety of backgrounds and areas of expertise. We take into account the unique needs and nature of our clients and their families during both assessment and treatment of a child. We provide evaluation and treatment for children up to 12 years old with a wide range of needs. Our therapies are provided in a variety of settings, including center-based, the hospital, and natural environments such as the home, daycare providers, and in the community.
Therapy can minimize the effects of disease, injury, congenital disability, developmental delay and deprivation. Our therapy provides a play-and routine-based means to learn new skills, along with home program ideas to incorporate into daily activities. Parents and caregivers are integral to the treatment process. We assist in coordinating services and funding for our clients. We work with insurance companies, individual payment plans and community agencies.
TLC provides pediatric:
We take into account the unique medical, motor and language needs of each child we serve. Children referred to our program come with a wide range of medical diagnoses including (but not limited to): cerebral palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, cleft lip and palate, dysfunction of sensory integration (difficulties interpreting and responding to sensory information), and children identified with poor growth and nutrition (failure to thrive).
Our therapists each have unique skill sets including special handling skills, newborn experience, knowledge in working with children with hearing problems, expertise in specialized seating equipment, breastfeeding, and alternative and assistive communication (AAC) to address the individual needs of each child. Our team regularly provides screenings and education to teen mothers at the Teen Parenting Program in Longmont. Additionally, we provide occupational and physical therapy to the smallest babies at Longmont United Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and we are an integral part of the Community Infants & Children Collaborative to Community partnership.
In our community, TLC Learning Center's Therapeutic Services is the only multidisciplinary practice to serve the Medicaid population.
The first step if you’re interested in pediatric therapy services from TLC is to call our Therapeutic Services Manager, Shari Karmen, for an intake at (303) 776-1373 x301. For the intake, Shari will gather information on what service the family needs, will check availability in our therapist’s schedules, and can check to see if we’re able to work with the family’s insurance provider and/or if the family will need to request financial assistance. If the family needs a service we don’t provide, Shari may be may be able to refer the family to another local provider.
You may download registration forms in advance from our document library.