In addition to ongoing therapy, we offer programs tailored for specific populations. Our programs are available as a supplement to regular therapy and/or for patients who do not receive ongoing therapy at Little Tesoros. These programs are offered for a specific amount of time (for example, for 2 weeks in a row) and are usually offered at regular intervals throughout the year. Below you will find descriptions for our current program offerings.
Please call (512) 248-2422 or email [email protected]. Additionally, if you are interested in our programs, but have concerns about the cost, ask us how we may be able to help you obtain funding.
Select a link to learn more about our programs on this page:
» TheraSuit Method Intensive Program
» Social Caterpillars
» Social Butterflies
» Get the Right Moves with Handwriting Without Tears®
» Mighty Kids: A Strengthening and Coordination Program
» Infant Massage Class
» One World Karate
The TheraSuit method intensive program is designed to increase functional outcomes of traditional therapy services. Patients participate in an individualized strengthening program for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 3 consecutive weeks. A variety of tools and techniques including the TheraSuit and the Universal Exercise Unit allow the participants to achieve accelerated functional outcomes. Therasuit Method can be beneficial for many populations (see list below) including treatment for cerebral palsy as well as treatment for spasticity.
Little Tesoros TheraSuit Method Intensive Program:
- Uses the TheraSuit and the Universal Exercise Unit which includes the bungee and pulley weight systems.
- Is provided by a combination of physical, occupational, and speech therapists.
- Runs 3 hours per day, 5 days a week, for 3 weeks.
What is the Universal Exercise Unit (UEU) and TheraSuit?
The UEU is an open metal cage equipped with pulleys, weights, straps, and elastic cords. This dynamic system allows us to isolate and strengthen desired muscle groups and improve specific, functional movement patterns. The TheraSuit is a soft, proprioceptive, dynamic orthosis consisting of a cap, vest, shorts, knee pads, and shoe attachments that are connected to each other through a system of elastic bands. It is a safe, effective tool used in combination with our intensive exercise program and the UEU to accelerate the child’s progress.
The TheraSuit also:
- Improves proprioception
- Reduces pathological reflexes
- Restores proper patterns of movement & posture
- Provides external stabilization and supports weak muscles
- Corrects body alignment
- Improves hip alignment by vertical loading over the hip joint
- Stimulates the brain to re-train the Central Nervous System
- Provides tactile and sensory stimulation
- Improves speech production and fluency
- Loads the body with gravity type pressures
- Accelerates the progress of newly learned movements and functional skills
TheraSuit Method Intensive Program is recommended for children with:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spina Bifida
- Other Neurological Disorders
- Post Stroke (CVA)
- Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome
- Other Syndromes
Please call us at (512) 248-2422 or email us for more information or to schedule your intensive.
Social Language Groups
Little Tesoros is excited to offer a variety of group programs that address pragmatic communication skills, also described as “social skills” or “social communication.” These abilities determine how we use verbal and non-verbal language to communicate with others. A child may be effective in saying words clearly, using correct grammar, and understanding complex information but may still have a communication difficulty if they have not yet mastered the rules of social interaction that may seem instinctual to some. Please see the links below for more information about social language skills.
Often, social communication skills are difficult to practice in one-on-one therapy. Social Caterpillars is a great opportunity for your young child to practice critical early social skills with other age-matched and social-emotional matched peers for future success in the community and in a classroom setting.
This group is created for children ages 3-5. It will consist of 4 to 5 children and 1 speech language pathologist. Sessions are 2 days a week for 4 weeks and last for 1 hour. There will be a follow-up parent consultation at the end to ensure that parents can carry over techniques learned at home.
The following is a general description of the program components you can expect from Social Caterpillars:
- Directed teaching of lessons throughout the four weeks to promote:
- Engaging in various types of play and sharing with peers
- Learning to identify and manage simple emotions
- Independently requesting objects from peers and asking for help
- Waiting and taking turns with peers
- Guided practice in using lessons that have been discussed in pre-planned and spontaneous interactions, such as in tabletop, circle, and play activities
The small group size and adult-to-child ratio will promote quality practice with social communication skills necessary for larger groups. With ample opportunities for children to interact with others, they will flourish into a social caterpillar!
This group is designed for children ages 6-10 and will run with 4 to 5 children and 1 speech language pathologist for 4 weeks. Sessions are 2 days per week for 2 hours with a follow-up parent consultation at the completion of the program.
Using the methodology of Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking, Social Butterflies: aims to teach your child various rules of social interaction through a cognitive-behavioral approach in structured activities. The following is a general description of the program components you can expect from Social Butterflies.
- Directed teaching of four foundational lessons throughout the four weeks to promote:
- taking the perspective of others
- making inferences
- body language when listening
- identifying emotions
- Guided practice in using lessons that have been discussed in pre-planned and spontaneous interactions
- One-on-one consultation between parent and therapist after the program to discuss your child’s further needs and home activities
- Opportunities to participate in additional Social Butterflies programs upon completion of this level to provide further practice and learning
A small group size provides a supportive and nurturing environment where children can learn new, challenging social skills. Regular parent communication with a therapist and a follow-up parent consultation will help navigate this complex area of language development as children grow into a social butterfly!
For more information about any of our programs or to request an application please call (512) 248-2422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Motor Skills Programs
Designed and taught by an occupational therapist, Handwriting Without Tears® Camp provides intensive handwriting tutoring to prepare your child for the school year. Instruction includes easy-to-implement ideas for home practice, and will increase your child’s confidence in their handwriting abilities.
Does your child:
- Have minimal formal handwriting instruction?
- Complain that handwriting or fine-motor tasks are too hard or tiring?
- Have poor legibility?
- Show inconsistent skills such as letter memory, orientation, size, formation, or spacing?
- Have an awkward pencil grip?
- Need a handwriting refresher or boost in skills before advancing to the next grade?
Camp is structured with a multisensory approach using fun, motivating gross and fine motor games and weekly themes. Camp schedule will include a fine motor warm-up, gross motor activities, fine motor games, handwriting instruction, and wrap-up with parent to discuss progress and home program guidance.
For more information or to enroll your child, please call 512-248-2422 or email email@example.com.
Mighty Kids is a child-focused strengthening and conditioning program that consists of 8 one-hour sessions. We use games, exercises, and circuit training to build your child’s core strength and coordination skills. The program is designed to target children who are not in need of traditional physical therapy, yet would benefit from overall strengthening.
Mighty Kids is professionally developed by physical and occupational therapists, and will be facilitated by a physical therapist. Individual goals are designed to address the unique needs of each child and progress is monitored throughout the program. Your child will love the fun strengthening routines designed to motivate and create excitement about working out!
Please contact us to register or for more information.
- Sessions run 1 hour per day, 2 days a week, for 4 weeks (A total of 8 one-hour workout sessions)
- 4 to 6 children per group with one physical therapist
Touch is the first sense to develop in utero; with healthy touch, infants not only survive but thrive. Infant massage provides opportunities for caregivers and their babies to bond and establish a positive connection. This is a group class taught by an occupational therapist certified in infant massage techniques. Come learn nurturing touch to enhance your baby’s sensory experience and muscle development.
Why Infant Massage?
- Promotes caregiver/baby bond
- Relieves gas, colic, and constipation
- Improves sleep patterns and a calm state
- Normalizes muscle tone and development
- Stimulates brain development and sensory awareness
- Improves respiratory, circulatory, nervous, and digestive systems
- Promotes bonding and attachment
- Stimulates production of oxytocin (Oxytocin is a hormone that acts as a pain reliever and has a calming effect.)
Each class will accommodate 5-6 babies and their caregiver(s). Hands on demonstration by the instructor will cover such topics as pressure, rate, rhythm, length of the massage, bonding, baby’s body language, and positioning of the baby. Classes will review previous strokes learned and introduce new strokes with lots of time to practice and ask questions. Your instructor will ensure that you’re confident in your learning before moving on to new instruction. The classes are baby led and crying is ok!
Classes meet once a week for five weeks for a one hour session. The cost is $125 and is appropriate for babies birth through 12 months. Infant massage class will be offered at both our north and south clinics.
For more information or to enroll your child, please call our office at 512-248-2422 or email [email protected].
One World Karate offers specific and comprehensive instruction for all children regardless of their special needs. There is a program that fits your child.
These classes are specially designed for children with needs that are most often addressed through occupational or physical therapy. The classes are designed to be adaptable to student’s specific needs and current limitations. Core strength, focus, discipline, and self-esteem are at the heart of our fun-filled lessons.
The students will learn real martial art skills, progressing through the belts via participation. Class attendance is the determining factor in promotion. “Belt tests” are opportunities to build emotional strength and self worth through demonstrating progress. The classes are for ages 3 and up.
Martial arts provide numerous benefits to all practitioners regardless of needs or abilities, but a martial art program taught by a teacher who understands the special needs inherent in a diverse population can have a profound impact on the participants. From a physiological standpoint, martial arts develop both muscle memory and fitness. Many studies show that martial arts can help develop neurological pathways within the brain itself.
- All classes are taught at One World Karate, 9029 Research Blvd, #100
- Classes are Mondays and Fridays from 3-7 PM , and Saturdays from 9AM -3PM
- Private lessons are available
- In-home lessons are available on Tuesday and Thursdays from 3-7PM
- All ages 3 and up are welcome
- Learn more and register at 1worldkarate.com
Note: One World Karate is not an official Little Tesoros program and is not taught by Little Tesoros staff members. The classes are lead by Daniel Carroll, a 7 year veteran of special education and a 17 year veteran of martial arts instruction.