About Growing Places Therapy Services

Growing Places Therapy Services, PLLC is a pediatric therapy practice providing physical, occupational, and speech therapies to children from 0-21 years in the Greater Austin area. Our mission is to help your child grow to reach his or her full potential.

An Open Letter to Health and Human Services & Texas Legislators

The authorization delays directly coincide with the time period in which the court issued an injunction to delay implementation of Rider 50, which would reduce payment for therapy providers. Thousands of children across the state are experiencing lapses of 3 weeks or greater, which, in turn, is undoubtedly saving the state a great deal of money. Continue reading

Growing Places Thanks YOU

’tis the season of thanks, and here at Growing Places, we have so much to be thankful for this year. We are continuing to grow as a company and have added some fantastic therapists to our team. Many of our patients have seen great success this year and we are so grateful to play a part in those achievements. We asked our therapists to share with us what they are thankful for and received some really great responses. Doug Levine, Physical Therapist and Growing Places Owner I have so very much to be thankful for for being a therapist I’m not … Continue reading

Making AAC Accessible For All

Sometimes concerns about accessibility cause families and therapists not to pursue use of electronic devices. A child’s deficits in motor, cognitive, visual, and/or hearing skills are seen as a barrier preventing use of an electronic device. Although limitations in multiple areas make accessing a device more challenging, there are multiple means of access that should be evaluated and trialed before determining that an electronic device is not a good option for your child. Continue reading

April 2014 Family Events With Special Needs In Mind

There are several fun events coming up this month for families of children with special needs.  Here is a list of several events, Easter Egg Hunts, and Sensory Friendly Movie showings!   Saturday, April 12 : 10:30 am – Let’s Play! Hosted by U.R. Our Hope U.R. Our Hope is a local non-profit that assists families on the journey to diagnosis and helps those with a rare diagnosis navigate the healthcare system.  The group meets once a month at local restaurants or parks to allow for face-to-face support for families who have a child who is Undiagnosed or Rare. This … Continue reading

Plagiocephaly and Decorative Cranial Helmets

What is Plagiocephaly? Plagiocephaly is a condition that causes a baby’s head to be flat or misshapen.  This can occur due to a child’s positioning after birth, decreased space in utero, or during delivery if a child gets stuck in the birth canal.  If a child’s head is misshapen during birth or delivery, the condition usually corrects itself within a couple of months.  If not corrected, a pediatrician may recommend a cranial helmet to help properly shape the head.  Positional Plagiocephaly occurs when a child spends too much time in one particular position, such as laying on their back or … Continue reading