The Lumiere Children's Therapy Story
We learn from our families and children as they learn from us, allowing us to build a deeper, truer bond as we create new pathways for the times ahead. Our larger and most profound goal is to direct all of our supportive, collaborative energy toward those life moments that are important for the connectedness of your family and that reveal your child’s potential.
Eleven years ago, during one of our many assessments as a team, we were working with a family that had a two-year-old child that was not speaking and having difficulty attending to and focusing on directions. The child also had trouble with posture and movement and was not yet walking.
We joined the family in the treatment room and began our evaluation. We asked medical background questions, developmental questions, played with the child, and asked the family to interact with their child, all in preparation for designing a custom treatment plan that would target any and all areas of development where the child might need a “push” or a bit of assistance.
During the evaluation we slowly started to notice that the parents seemed uncomfortable, anxious, and increasingly overwhelmed during the summary of our findings. Their faces fell, and you could see the dread and disappointment. The mother looked at us and said, “You know, all I ever wanted was for my daughter to call me Mommy.”
We understood. It was the daily moments, the little miracles, the life experiences that they were wanting and so desperately hoping we would help their little girl unlock.
We created a customized treatment plan that included all of the areas of development that this little one needed support with to become a strong and successful human being but with one very BIG difference. Our larger goal, and most profound goal, was how to direct all of this supportive collaborative energy towards those life moments that were important for the connectedness of the family.
About a month later we received a call from the family telling us that she had just said her first word, and it was “Mommy”. They were thrilled and so were we. We felt that we had not only made improvements in all areas of need, but we supported and created hope in the most important way.
We took this experience and wove it into the fabric of our program. And now we approach every family with the collaborative spirit that will help usher in each child’s potential as they develop and grow.
How we work
Our families and children teach us just as much as we teach them.
We conduct assessments to determine the child’s needs for treatment and if necessary we use this information to develop a customized treatment plan to support the child and the family. Our assessments involve a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians, typically Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapists, Developmental Therapists, and Physical Therapists. We are all there to take our many years of training and neurological expertise to develop and guide the family.