Therapy

LifeScape provides highly specialized therapy and psychology services for individuals of all ages.

Services are provided in outpatient clinic settings in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Sioux City, as well as through LifeScape's residential, specialty school, and inpatient rehabilitation and medically complex programs in Sioux Falls.

Free Screenings

LifeScape offers these free screenings for children: (No doctor referral is necessary, just call (605) 444-9700 for an appointment.)

  • Autism-Children 4 and under: The one-hour screenings include testing by two pediatric professionals.  If further testing is recommended, a doctor's order is needed for a full autism evaluation at LifeScape, which is led by pediatric psychiatrist Dr. David Ermer. 
  • Visual Challenges-Children of all ages:  A licensed, specially trained occupational therapist screens for visual perception, binocular vision, and eye coordination difficulties. This screening takes about 20 minutes. Treatment is often covered by insurance. 

Free Orthotics & Prosthetics consultation for all ages: LifeScape’s subsidiary Rehabilitation Medical Supply provides initial consultations at no charge for all orthotic and prosthetic services.

Outreach Therapy

LifeScape also provides therapy (as well as educational and psychological consulting) in school districts across the state. (In Fiscal Year 2017, our therapists drove over 220,000 miles to deliver outreach services.) We are also a Birth to Three provider.

Expertise in a Variety of Conditions and Disabilities

With locations in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Sioux City, our team of experts provides a range of evaluation and treatment services for both children and adults with a variety of conditions and disabilities.

Highly Specialized Treatments

Our therapists provide highly specialized treatments in assistive technology, seating and positioning, feeding and swallowing, augmentative communication, sensory integration, pediatric bowel and bladder incontinence; visual motor/perception; torticollis treatment; serial casting; behavior management; and diagnosis and treatment of autism.

Onsite Physician Consultation

A physician specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation is available onsite for consultation by appointment.

For information and referrals, contact admissions at 605-444-9708 in Sioux Falls, and 605-791-7406 in Rapid City.

Physical Therapy

Focusing on:

  • Developmental skills such as sitting, crawling, walking, and jumping
  • Strength, range-of-motion, and endurance
  • Stretching or relaxing tight muscles, including serial casting and torticollis treatments. Here are some tips for Tummy Time for infants.
  • Functional mobility with assistive devices, such as manual and power wheelchairs, walkers, and gait trainers
  • Incontinence of the bowel and bladder in children
  • Toe-walking in children
  • Many other skills related to movement

This Developmental Checklist will let you know at what age children should be developing various motor skills.

Occupational Therapy

Focusing on:

  • Fine motor skills such as reaching, grasping, handwriting, and tool use
  • Independence in self-care, such as feeding, dressing, brushing teeth, etc.
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Reducing sensitivity to sensory stimuli: touch, sounds, smells, tastes, and movement
  • Gaining functional skills through use of adaptive equipment or assistive technology

Speech Therapy

Focusing on:

  • Developmental language skills
  • Articulation, voice quality, or stuttering to increase functional speech
  • Expressive language skills
  • Receptive language skills, comprehension, and vocabulary development
  • Swallowing and oral motor function
  • Picky eating and food aversions
  • Social interaction skills
  • Reading ability
  • Functional communication skills through alternative methods (AAC: Alternative & Augmentative Communication) such as sign language, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), augmentative communication devices, or other assistive technology devices
  • Problem solving and memory

Behavior Therapy

LifeScape is proud to use Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in its behavioral and teaching programming.

  • Outpatient behavior therapy is offered by licensed behavior analysts and registered behavior technicians.
  • Behavior therapy is eligible for insurance coverage (including Medicaid) for those 18 and younger with a diagnosis of autism and a doctor's referral.
  • ‚ÄčABA can also be helpful for adults with ASD, though insurance coverage may not apply.
  • ABA is research-based and the only established method of teaching approved for people with autism.
  • It is effective for teaching children, adolescents, and adults of all abilities.
  • ABA has been endorsed by the National Institutes of Health, the Association for Science in Autism Treatment, and the Surgeon General of the United States.

 

Clinical Psychology

LifeScape's clinical psychologists provide cognitive and behavioral therapy and counseling for individuals with mental health diagnoses and other challenges, including:

  • ADHD
  • ODD
  • Autism
  • Emotional/behavioral issues
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Depression, mood disorders, and anxiety
  • Adjustment problems
  • Grief, trauma, and more

Testing services include:

  • IQ/Cognitive and Achievement assessments
  • Psychological assessments
  • Autism evaluations

Services are available to individuals (children & adults), couples, and families.

 

Specialty Clinics and Evaluations

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