Intensive Model

Based on over 40 years of research on the science of neuroplasticity, we know that the brain can make significant and lasting changes. These changes happen when treatment is focused, consistent, frequent and for the fastest changes intense!

After an evaluation to determine what area or areas of the brain require activation, we then create highly specialized, individualized intervention, based on our H.O.P.E. Model, that focuses on:

  1. Determining the specific interventions and protocols needed for that area of the brain
  2. Providing those interventions in the correct order/sequence
  3. Identifying appropriate outcomes of the intervention based on the area of brain activated
  4. Measuring of the outcomes to identify increased function

Our programs involve a trans-disciplinary team approach that involves a combination of specifically designed interventions including use of specialties such as:

  1. Occupational Therapy
  2. Physical Therapy
  3. Speech Language Therapy
  4. Audiology
  5. Nutrition ad Feeding Therapy
  6. Psychology
  7. Mental Health Counseling and Behavior Therapy
  8. Cognitive-Education Intervention
  9. Sound Intervention
  10. Cerebellum Activation Coaching

Another key component of activating neural plasticity is not only creating change in the wiring of the brain of the child, but equally important, ensuring that the brain is supported by an environment that will facilitate use of the newly acquired skills.

Parent Education Program

Research shows that the most influential aspect of the environment for a child is their parents’ behaviors. Science also indicates that it is imperative that the family also changes to support gains in the child. For this reason, all intensives at TheraPeeds Family Center, involve parent training and coaching.

One of our key goals and what has given us the ability to be successful at achieving lasting results is our strong parent education program. It is the daily and constant contact that parents have with our team that makes the difference.

The program uses our researched-based W.A.Y. Model, that also engages the science of neural-plasticity to rewire changes in how parents think about and behave with their children. This is why at TheraPeeds Family Center, we offer a W.A.Y. to H.O.P.E.

Our intensive programs usually require:

A minimum of 6 weeks of intervention

(determined at the evaluation, based on your child’s results and family needs)

5 sessions per week

(Monday- Friday)

Average sessions run from 2-5 hours per session

(based on your child’s needs)

A Recent Intensive Case:

Peter was a 6-year-old boy diagnosed with significant global delays. His family came to TheraPeeds from another country after exhausting their local services with minimal change. At the time Peter’s family had been trying to get him into schools, but he was not accepted to any because of his behaviors. Peter’s parents were desperate to help their son.

We evaluated Peter and immediately recognized he would benefit most from the Intensive model. He then proceeded to participate in a series of 4 intensives with 3 month breaks in between. During the break times, he returned home and with his parents help and hard work, he was able to maintain his gains.

Throughout the process, Peter showed signs of significant progress at each stage. Now that he’s done with the treatment, the behaviors that barred him from entering a classroom are gone and the concerns that brought them in the door such as poor attention, poor communication, unable to inhibit or control his body, and inability to follow instructions are a thing of the past.

Peter’s parents are extremely happy with his progress. Peter is now in school and was enrolled in after-school soccer without having to tell the coach about his disability. He was an active part of the team and had a successful season. Throughout the process Peter’s gains have been steady, measurable and noticed by all in his life. His mother cannot believe the changes in her son.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I get my child an intensive?

    It all begins with evaluation. We first have to evaluate to determine if your child is a candidate for our programs and how we could help. To be effective, we must identify where in the brain the breakdown is occurring therefore an evaluation is imperative. Please contact our intake coordinator at to discuss your child’s case.

  • Can I start my intensive at any time?

    Once we determine that an intensive is an appropriate intervention, we then move forward to create a program that is highly individualized and specific to your child and family’s needs.

    We take into consideration:

    1. Specific length of time needed (minimum 6 weeks)
    2. Specific combination of interventions/components (services to be provided in the intensive)
    3. Specific clinical team that will be the best fit your child’s needs and personality

    Because of this, we provide you with dates of when that ‘just right’ combination is available for your family. Sometimes that might mean a waiting period, but please know that this is necessary for us to offer the absolute best service that will support the changes that you want for your child and family.

    We work our hardest to accommodate family’s request for dates and times of intensives, however your child’s clinical needs are our primary focus and we will always consider those first.

  • What if my child is in school?

    Our intensive program is year-round, and we offer programming throughout the day. When we make recommendations for an intensive program, we take into consideration your child’s functional status in school. If it is NOT necessary, we DO NOT recommend a child being pulled from school for an intensive.  Those are students who typically come to us in afternoons or during school vacation time.

    When it is necessary, both parents and the school often agree that the intensive would be helpful to the child to support greater function in school. In those cases, we are happy to guide and support your family.