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ABOUT ATO

CHILD-FIRST THERAPY SERVICES

side-imageOur mission is to keep your child’s needs first – paramount above all else. As a team, we strongly believe the high value of our “Child-First” mission is at the core of the life-long success our children and families enjoy.
Our name is a hint at the heart of our desire to serve our communities – outreach.

We provide professional, formal and free developmental screenings addressing all five domains of development (cognitive, motor, social, communication and self-help skills) as a service to children, families and child care centers because no child should struggle, no family should go without answers, and no child care center should question how to help a child learn. In order to meet the need for early identification and ethically identify individual developmental strengths and needs, ATO is proud to provide this free, skilled service along with a detailed report and guide for parents to speak with their child’s Pediatrician in order to make any necessary informed decisions as a unified team.

We provide natural environment therapy services as a convenient alternative to clinic care for parents who are unable to transport their children during the day to an outpatient treatment setting, but much more importantly to our core values – we work in your child’s setting for their benefit. Teaching children to climb stairs is an important milestone. Teaching children to climb stairs in their home or school environment to improve the quality of their daily activities and ensure their safety in the event of an emergency is much more valuable. Teaching children to use words to ask for items is an important milestone also. Teaching children to use words to ask their classroom teacher for items they need while also showing their teacher how to help the child learn new words is extremely valuable. For those children who require a more structured environment or the benefit of therapeutic materials available in a clinic setting, we are proud to offer three outpatient treatment centers in Benton, Hot Springs and Sheridan as well.

Speech-Language Therapy addresses:

  • Articulation or Speech Skills
  • Expressive Language
  • Receptive Language
  • Social Skills & Pragmatic Language
  • Dyslexia and Written Language Impairment
  • Voice Disorders
  • Stuttering or Fluency
  • Cleft Lip &/or Palate
  • Swallowing & Feeding
  • Alternative Communication
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Occupational Therapy addresses:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Grasping
  • Self-Help/Adaptive Skills
  • Hygiene Skills
  • Dressing/Undressing
  • Handwriting & Cutting
  • Eye Hand Coordination
  • Fine Motor Strengthening
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Physical Therapy addresses:

  • Head and Trunk Control
  • Ball Skills
  • Sitting balance
  • Standing balance
  • Ambulation and running
  • Ascending and descending stairs
  • Hand-eye-foot coordination
  • Musculoskeletal abnormalities
  • Sensory processing dysfunction
  • Core and extremity strength training
  • Orthotic recommendation
  • Wheelchair evaluation

Mental Health Therapy addresses:

  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Extreme Behaviors or Negative Outbursts
  • Aggression, Persistent Disobedience and/or Extreme Tantrums
  • Issues stemming from Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal Thoughts or Actions
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder

DEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY

Developmental Therapy addresses the five domains of a child’s overall development in children ages birth up to 3 years of age: cognitive, communication, self-help, motor, social skills. Developmental Therapy is always provided in your child’s natural setting and should be considered an excellent tool for training those who have the opportunity to help your child learn and grow from child care teachers to parents and even siblings. Once children turn 3 years of age, developmental therapy is available through educational cooperatives up to 5 years of age. This transition is completed by ATO’s Service Coordinators in conjunction with your family and child’s teachers. ATO is proud to partner with Arkansas’ First Connections early intervention program benefiting families of children ages birth up to 3 years.

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS THERAPY

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Therapy involves the application of behavioral principles to everyday situations so that, over time, the targeted behaviors can be increased or decreased according to a specific, individualized plan of care. ABA has been used to help children and people of all ages acquire many different skills, such as language, social, self-help, and play skills. Additionally, the principles of ABA can help to decrease maladaptive behaviors such as aggression, self-stimulatory behaviors, self-injury, etc. Continually researched, applied, and improved over the last three decades, ABA is considered one of the most successful strategies for teaching children with autism and other disabilities and is promoted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General as the approved method of treatment for individuals with autism. ATO is proud to offer ABA to impact a growing population in need of this valuable service in our communities.

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Rebekah James, M.S., CCC-SLP, CAS

Executive Director, Speech-Language Pathologist, Certified Autism Specialist

 

Rebekah is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Certified Autism Specialist who founded Arkansas Therapy Outreach in 2011 and the REACH Autism Clinic in 2014. She is also a founding member of the Reach Legacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to children and families with autism and related disorders. She has worked with a variety of children with special needs for over 9 years. She received a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders in 2005 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Central Arkansas in 2007.

 

Rebekah enjoys family time with her husband, Josh, and their three children, Aaron Dean, Aubrey Helen and Ava Renée. Her family’s loving support has allowed her to focus whole heartedly on founding a pediatric therapy practice based on a mission to serve children and their families in a unique outpatient and community clinic program.

 

Rebekah’s goal is to help children succeed by providing the best quality evidence based treatments possible in an environment built specifically to serve their needs, cultivate their success, and then promote their strengths in their community settings. Her primary role in this special mission has been to build a team of specialized professionals with this same intense drive coupled with their advanced level of training to see the life changing successes for children receiving services through ATO and/or REACH. This passion is the legacy of her career she strives to build upon each day.

 

Inspiration: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

A Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) has been verified by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) to have voluntarily met rigorous professional standards, demonstrating experience and education in autism. A CAS has also passed the IBCCES Autism Competency exam.