Intensive Therapy For Children

Accelerate the achievement of developmental milestones and enhance your child's functional independence.

About Our Intensives:

Here at Family First Therapy, we offer two styles of intensives DMI Intensives and Upper Extremity Intensives. Intensives offer therapy at an increased frequency and duration, intended to accelerate the achievement of developmental milestones and enhance your child's functional independence.

Program Specifics:

Therapy is typically completed 5 days a week for 1.5 hours up to 3 hours daily. Intensives are 1 to 3 weeks in duration but can be customized to your child's individual needs.

Our intensive schedule is structured as followed:
Session 1: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM (30-minute break)
Session 2: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM

Please note that we currently do not offer intensives in the afternoon, as this time is dedicated to serving our weekly recurring local clients. Click below to view our schedule and available dates.

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Booking and Billing:

Intensives are private pay and billed at a rate of $150 an hour. We can provide a superbill for potential insurance reimbursement upon request. Additionally, we are a direct provider for the FES-UA (formerly Gardiner).

We do require a 30% deposit to book intensives, the remaining balance is due on the first day of the intensive. Please contact us to proceed with booking an intensive. Prior to the Intensive, our front desk will help in completing the necessary paperwork.

Meet The Therapist:

Alexandra is a Florida state-licensed Occupational Therapist. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences from the University of South Florida and continued her education earning a Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Advent Health University.

In addition to working on our team for several years, Alexandra also works in early intervention, servicing the birth-3 population, and hospital-based inpatient rehabilitation. Alexandra is passionate about applying the knowledge and expertise she has gained from her vast experience across multiple settings.

Alexandra continues to expand her skill set by continuing to take courses to enhance her practice. Alexandra has advanced training in Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI), Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT), and Bimanual Therapy styles. In combination with these skills, Alexandra uses a variety of modalities such as Task-Specific Electrical Stimulation (TASES) and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) to help children achieve their

Alexandra is a Florida state-licensed Occupational Therapist.

Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI)

What is Dynamic Movement Intervention?

Dynamic Movement Intervention (DMI) is the fastest-growing, internationally recognized manual therapy technique that helps children reach their gross motor milestones. DMI is a therapeutic technique used in physical and occupational therapy to treat children with motor delay by improving automatic postural responses and promoting progress toward developmental milestones. The goal of DMI is to provoke a specified active motor response from the child in response to defined dynamic exercises prescribed by the therapist. This comprehensive intervention incorporates current research on neurorehabilitation, technologies, and methodologies. DMI stimulates neuroplasticity to facilitate new neuronal connections and the development of motor milestones.

Who Benefits from DMI?

  • Children diagnosed with ANY type of gross motor delay including conditions such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral palsy, global developmental delay, hypotonia, chromosomal abnormalities/genetic disorders, spinal cord lesions, or acquired brain injury may benefit from this form of therapy.
  • Children at risk such as those who are born prematurely can also benefit from this therapy due to the strong neuroplastic changes that this treatment stimulates within the developing brain.
  • Children with orthopedic conditions such as torticollis, toe walkers, genu valgum (knocked knees), in-toeing, and others.

How is DMI Different From Traditional Methods?

  • Provokes the highest level of gross motor independence - Manual exercises challenge the child within each functional task to achieve outcomes, often beyond expectations.
  • Progresses support from proximal to distal (support given lower on the body) with hands-free- Each time we give the childless support, the child has to activate with more postural control and work harder towards strength and independence.
  • Progress through exposure to gravity- The ability to keep our body aligned against gravity’s forces requires input through several sensory systems, as well as strength and coordination, to be consistently successful. DMI helps children gain these skills rapidly so they can maintain their posture in all positions.
  • Harnesses the power and science of neuroplasticity to trigger rapid changes- Research in the field of brain science gives us guidelines to provoke the brain to make new strong connections to support gross motor tasks and functions. DMI utilizes these guidelines for rapid and explosive gross motor progress.
  • Healthy muscle length is achieved and maintained through active functional stretching - DMI utilizes dynamic stretching techniques within functional tasks so stretches are longer lasting and maintained to avoid muscle lengthening surgeries.
  • Develops skeletal and joint maturity and alignment- Children with disabilities frequently face orthopedic challenges that may result in debilitating chronic pain and surgeries. DMI utilizes exercises that promote aligned weight bearing and musculoskeletal activation for long-term orthopedic health
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Alexandra is Level C certified and plans to continue her training in DMI this upcoming year. Please visit the DMI Therapy website, for more information.

Alexandra is Level C certified and plans to continue her training in DMI this upcoming year.

Please visit the DMI Therapy website, for more information.

Upper Extremity Intensives

What is an Upper Extremity Intensive?

Our upper extremity intensives are designed to improve upper extremity function in children who have functional difficulties involving one hand or arm. Our therapists employ a variety of techniques to optimize function in the affected limb through engaging activities that are functional and progressively challenging.

Programs are designed to encourage the active use or increased utilization of the affected limb. We attribute the decline in both-hand usage to a combination of factors such as weakness, increased tone, poor coordination, and the development of "learned" non-use.

This comprehensive program is specifically designed to address and counteract these contributing factors. The ultimate objective is to enhance your child's engagement in play, self-care, and school activities by promoting the use of the affected arm and hand.

Our specially trained occupational therapists will work with you and your child to create a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs.

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Who Benefits From an Upper Extremity Intensive?

Children over one year of age who have functional deficits involving one hand or arm. Common diagnoses may include cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injury, traumatic brain injuries, or hemiparesis.

Program Specifics:

For Upper Extremity Intensives the recommended duration is 3 hours of therapy per day for approximately 3 weeks to improve the functioning of the involved upper extremity.

Upper extremity Intensives may include:

CIMT which targets the use of the affected limb by restraining the unaffected limb.

Bimanual therapy targets the coordinated use of both hands, emphasizing activities that require the integration of movements between both the affected and unaffected limbs.

TASES (Task Specific Electrical Stimulation)

Whole Body Vibration (WBV)


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Call us so we can talk about your child’s treatment plan today.