What is All The Difference?
All The Difference, Inc., pediatric services center for developmental difference, is a non-profit corporation concerned with the impact of sensory integrative processing on people’s lives. We see how these differences impact upon an individuals’ learning, living, and interacting in their daily lives. We are an outpatient clinic which focuses on sensory integration treatment through occupational therapy services in conjunction with parent support, and parent training for additional home based therapies. We provide education, identification, evaluation, treatment, research, and possible prevention of sensory integration difficulties to halt what could become debilitating social or health conditions. Our therapeutic services are performed in the method of Developmental Individual Relationship-Based model (abbreviated to DIR and known less formally as “floortime”) originally conceived by Dr. Stanley Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. The children we serve, who have developmental difference, may also have been identified as children with “developmental delays”, multi-sensory processing difficulties, high level learning disability or difficulties, children with sensory integration dysfunctions, as well as children with spectrum disorders, ADD and ADHD. All mentioned will benefit from our services. We target these families as well as local pediatrician groups, educational systems, and professionals that work with these children and their families to make a difference.
The following are quotations from the book The Child with Special Needs by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. (1998). pg. 21-22:
- “Current diagnostic categories generally summarize a child’s symptoms, but often don’t tell us enough about the processes underlying a child’s challenges – how this child takes in, processes, and responds to information from the world.”
- “Children with the same label may be more different than they are alike and chldren with different lables may be more similar than they are different in terms of their underlying profiles.”
- “By grouping children into diagnostic categories that are too general, we may obscure the underlying biological processing differences related to their problems and gain no clues as to how to treat them.” This is what we aim to change!
Why All The Difference?
All The Difference, Inc., is a non-profit, corporation that seeks to evaluate, treat, and research sensory integration dysfunction as well as learning differences and disabilities in children in the Delaware area. Children do not receive the services of sensory integration therapy in their schools nor in the local children’s hospital, the largest outpatient therapy provider. When necessary, we integrate treatment including home based “floor time” therapy and occupational therapy to allow for the most individual growth possible. By working with children collectively we seek to leap frog off of one another, this allows each therapy to work off of the successes of the last. We also greatly believe in treating people with dignity and respect; something we all deserve and need so that we may reach our greatest potential. With continued research as well as publications in parent support magazines, families of children with these special needs are seeking out this specialized therapy for their children. There is a great need for pediatric therapy services that work with this ever growing segment of our population. And we are working hard to fill some of that need. We do everything with our senses – if they are not working; we are isolated and alone. Imagine a life like that! And better yet, we are learning how to treat these difficulties.
Additional information from the book The Child with Special Needs by Stanley I. Greenspan, M.D. and Serena Wieder, Ph.D. (1998). pg. 62:
- “Understanding your child’s sensory reactivity can help you decode some of her[/his] behavior, as behavior is often an attempt to cope or adapt to difficulties.”
- “Children [and adults!] pay attention better, communicate better, learn better, and are happier when their sensory needs are being met.”
- “Your efforts to accomodate your chld’s sensory needs and help her [/him] master a challenge will make a difference in her[/his] ability to enjoy your company and learn.”