Since 1987, Parkaire Consultants, Inc. has provided comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children, adolescents and adults needing therapeutic intervention. Coordination of services allows for an integrated program of treatment in one convenient location.
Our team includes neuropsychologists, counselors, ADD, life and career coaches, educational consultants, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, tutors, nutritionists, and more. What is commonly known in one profession may be unknown to another, so our team cooperates to provide the most appropriate treatment plans for our clients. Our professional consultants bring extensive expertise to each problem. Parkaire’s multi-disciplinary team assists in designing individual solutions customized for each client.
Parkaire Consultants’ uniqueness is its integrated team approach. The first step is clinical screening in which Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., ET/P, Clinical Director, talks to clients and asks questions to determine whether there are known and/or suspected neurological disorders in the client’s family. This screening is a service that would be sensitive to:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Tourette Syndrome (TS) and other tic disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other Anxiety Disorders
- Mood Disorders such as Depression and Bipolar Disorder
- Sensory Integration Dysfunction
- Sleep Disturbances
- Executive Dysfunction (EDF)
- Memory Disorders such as Working Memory Disorder
Graphomotor Disorder, (handwriting disorder) Asperger’s Syndrome Speech and Language Disorders Learning Disabilities (LD) Underachievement Behavior problems Academic weaknesses
An example of Parkaire Consultants’ integrated team approach is professional rounds. Every Wednesday, the Parkaire team meets for two hours to discuss cases in order to make sure all practitioners have an understanding of our clients’ needs. This enables the team to develop a specific intervention plan. Our professionals prioritize the needs of each family so that money and time are considered. The group may decide that one service should wait until another service has been completed, or one clinician may split an hour with another service provider.
Another unique service is our emphasis on clients receiving extensive medical education about their neurological disorders. This is done through colorful, high interest PowerPoint presentations geared specifically to the disorders, the age, and the level of knowledge of each client.
An additional service that makes Parkaire’s professionals outstanding is their ability to synthesize information in a way that leads to effective and efficient interventions targeted to meet the unique needs of our clients.
Professionals, as well as families, may frequently confuse aspects of executive functioning (executive dysfunction), working memory and ADHD. It is important to distinguish amongst them in order to treat each condition appropriately. Medication can impact attention, hyperactivity, and distractibility, but it cannot fix executive function difficulties and working memory deficits. This is most effectively approached through ADD coaching, cognitive therapy, educational therapy, tutoring, and/or social skills training.
Tourette Syndrome (TS) is one of a spectrum of tic disorders treated at Parkaire Consultants. Chronic Vocal and Motor Tic Disorders are also a specialty of the clinic. The director of Parkaire Consultants is an internationally known expert in educational issues involved with Tourette Syndrome and other tic disorders. This resource enables consultants at Parkaire to use the latest information on research in neurological disorders treated at the clinic.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of a spectrum of anxiety disorders. Because of its genetic link with Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is another specialty at the clinic. The clinic sees clients across this spectrum, e.g., Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias. Our specialists treat OCD with Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Exposure Response Prevention Therapy as well as providing extensive consultations about the impact of OCD on education, family, and socialization. Experts conduct social skills groups geared to remediating the effects of OCD on social development.
Mood Disorders, including Major Depression and Bipolar Disorder, are disorders that frequently occur with ADHD, TS, and OCD. The likelihood of having one of these disorders occurring with another has been stated as sixty-six percent according to the National Institute of Health. For this reason, screenings and further diagnostic procedures are recommended to detect related disorders. When there are behavior problems, ADHD and anxiety disorders may not be the only culprits. We recommend all clients with behavior problems be screened to determine if there are mood disorders present.
Sleep disturbances and sleep disorders are often associated with mood disorders. There are some medical interventions for sleep problems, but a sleep hygiene program is always recommended to make sure that the least invasive approach has been considered.
Visual-Motor Integration Problems and Sensory Defensiveness are often an overlooked areas. Poor handwriting or graphomotor problems are frequently seen. Available clinical services include the Wilbarger Protocol (Brushing Program) and Samonas Sound Therapy. Home programs, such as sensory diet, may also be recommended.
Complete services for clients with Speech and Language Disorders are provided at Parkaire Consultants. Students and adults with articulation, fluency, receptive and expressive language disorders, and pragmatics problems are seen by a speech and language pathologist. Speech and Language pathologists test for articulation, voice , fluency, receptive and expressive language disorders and pragmatic or verbal executive dysfunction.
Parkaire specialists tutor individual students of all ages who need assistance with academic subjects, including reading, decoding, comprehension, written expression, social studies, math or science. In order to experience success in school, students may also benefit from academic coaching in study and test-taking skills, planning and organizing their work and learning how to schedule their time. These areas are of particular importance to clients with Executive Function deficits. Educational consultants at Parkaire specialize in remediating Executive Dysfunction.
Parkaire school placement specialists are available for in-school observations, to consult at Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings, or at 504 Plan meetings. Our placement consultants assist parents in finding appropriate educational settings matched to each student’s unique needs and abilities.
Group therapy is available for children and adolescents who need to develop better social skills. Students are placed in specific groups targeted towards their needs. There are groups for children struggling with language and visual-motor deficits as well as groups for college students. There are also groups for parents that help them understand and respond appropriately to the needs of their children, teens, and young adults.
We also provide a variety of testing. Neuropsychological testing may be done for a full range of disorders and learning disabilities. Occupational Therapists test for sensory integration dysfunction and visual-motor impairments. Vocational testing is available for post-secondary and college placement.
Post-secondary placement consultations may be done to determine college, vocational, and work options. Related services include job coaching and assistance for those dealing with employment difficulties.