You have many options when seeking care for your child. And for many of our clients, that care is not just coming from one provider. It truly takes a village to help our children grow! By employing wraparound care, the team at Seattle Therapy – Skills for Life (STS) maximizes outcomes by ensuring consistency across providers, supporting generalization across environments, and tailoring treatment plans to the strengths, needs, and priorities of each child and family we serve.
What is Wraparound?
Wraparound is a highly individualized and collaborative service model in which a team of individuals, including families, teachers, and other professionals such as speech, occupational, or behavioral therapists, work together towards a child’s success. Wraparound is a holistic, strengths-based approach that prioritizes children’s and families’ voices and collaboration within the support team. In comparison, in a traditional service model, each provider sets their own treatment plan and employs their own methods of reaching those goals. This can leave parents with the weighty responsibility of being the sole liaison between service providers and can lead to reduced generalization as children learn specific skills for specific environments, rather than gaining skills that will permeate their lives. Providing wraparound care sets STS apart. We are more than experts in speech and occupational therapy; we are collaborators, team leaders, family supporters, and child advocates.
From wraparound care to skills for life.
So what does wraparound care look like at STS? Our mission is building skills for life by providing patient care that maximizes outcomes and brings people and environments together. Employing wraparound care allows the therapists at STS to:
• Prioritize families. We believe that you are the expert in your child! Partnering with families allows us to ensure that children’s goals align with family priorities and support the skills that are most pressing in their current environments. Our families can see this in the dedicated time our therapists spend holding interviews with parents before evaluations so that we understand their perspectives, hopes, and worries before a child even walks in the door. They experience this in the way our therapists maintain open and responsive communication throughout treatment so that as their priorities and needs evolve, so can we.
• Uplift kids. We believe that your child wants to learn, and we know that incorporating your child’s interests and strengths in treatment is the best way to help them feel motivated and understood. Our families can see this value in action every time a child arrives at our clinic. Whether a child loves Star Wars, art, Pokémon, Minecraft, or meeting new people, our therapists find a way to use their favorite things as a starting point on the journey to achieving powerful skills. We set up realistic opportunities for your child to practice their newfound abilities, providing frequent opportunities for meaningful success. And we listen to kids; whether they are sharing their talents, dreams, or worries, our responsive and genuine interactions show them that they are capable, they are important, and they are understood.
• Provide support. Relationships and commitments matter, and we demonstrate that with our unmatched customer service. Our families see this when we show up at IEP meetings to provide advocacy and support, or when we simply take the time to hear their story and their hopes. They experience this when we visit them in their home or school to tailor intervention strategies to their child’s natural environment, and when we provide caregiver training to help parents be masters of their child’s therapy.
• Collaborate. We hold the belief that hope begins with feeling understood. Collaborating with caregivers, school teams, and other service providers helps us understand your child in their world, not just a therapy room. When we have this big picture view, our families see treatment plans that support holistic and functional growth, and our children experience meaningful therapy that helps them meet their goals.
At STS, we provide a family- and child-centered wraparound therapy process that celebrates success and maximizes growth. We welcome you to join us to experience our unmatched wraparound care in action!