What is an Abilities Gymnastics class with a Shadow?
A child is able to participate in a recreational gymnastics class while having a shadow (aid) with the child. The shadow is there to guide the child through class and makes sure that the child always has a progression to do should the child not be able to complete what the recreational gymnastics instructor of the class is asking for just yet. The ultimate goal of this program is to allow the child to participate in a gymnastics class in the most inclusive environment possible. This class will teach basic and intermediate gross motor and gymnastics skills. The class does a warm-up activity and then goes to 3 rotations per class (eg. warm-up, bars, foam pit, trampoline). A full list of apparatus follows; vault, bars, beam, floor/tumbling, trampoline, double mini-trampoline, aerial silk.
What should I wear?
Please arrive in athletic clothing without buttons or zippers, have a clean pair of socks, a water bottle, and long hair/bangs secured tightly to the head.
What is a consultation visit?
During your consultation visit, you and your child will get to know the therapist and the therapist will get to know you. In other words, "you are grabbing coffee and getting to know each other on a first date." Once you and your child feel like your therapist is a good fit, she will perform a screen. After the screen, your therapist will speak with you about her professional opinion on proper placement into a Balanced Creations program. After, you will have time to address further questions and decide whether or not you would like to continue at Balanced Creations. Your consultation visit could take up to 60 minutes. Please schedule accordingly.
What can my child and I expect during a typical therapy session?
Every therapy appointment will be one-on-one in a small treatment room, the gymnastics facility, or in your place of choosing (telehealth/concierge) with one of our Doctors of Physical Therapists. We usually prefer the parent to be present and engaged in the therapy session, so please dress you and your child appropriately (athletic clothing, long hair tied back, no buttons or zippers, a pair of socks, a water bottle). Each session will include a combination of assessment, therapeutic exercise, therapeutic activities, gait-training, neuromuscular re-education, manual therapy, orthotic training/fitting, home management training, and/or patient/parent education on how to supplement treatment while at home.
The duration, frequency, and whether or not the parent will be involved in the treatment session will be discussed during the consultation visit/previous session and based upon your child's agreed upon treatment plan.
How many visits will it take? Will my child need therapy for their entire life?
Without an evaluation, this is hard to answer.
For clients with developmental and syndrome-related diagnoses, your family may need to think long-term. However, your child should not need continuous and consecutive physical therapy for the remainder of their life. The goal of physical therapy is for your child to reach his/her full potential while maintaining the daily function gained during sessions. Balanced Creations' goal for your child is to be able to participate in the most inclusive environment he/she can. Once your child has met his/her goals, he/she will transition out of therapy and have the choice to continue in one of our recreational exercise programs (Rebound Therapy or Abilities Gymnastics).
For those clients with orthopedic diagnoses, therapy duration will vary greatly from person to person, depending on what he/she is being treated for, how long he/she has been dealing with the issue, other factors that will play a role in the recovery, and therapy compliance at home. "Typically," your child will see his/her therapist 1-2 times per week at the beginning of the plan of care and work towards coming in every 2-3 weeks as he/she continues to improve.
Do I need a referral from my physician?
The short answer is, NO. Texas, as of 2019, was granted limited Direct Access for physical therapy. This means patients are allowed to seek evaluation and treatment from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or referral from a physician. However, if you plan on seeking reimbursement from insurance, your insurance provider may require a physician’s referral. You may self-refer, and when the evaluation is completed, your therapist will send a Letter of Medical Necessity to your physician; once signed, this acts as a prescription for physical therapy. You can also complete the insurance benefits worksheet to find out if your insurance requires a prescription or referral, and choose to obtain one prior to your first visit.
Do you take insurance?
In order to provide more accessible therapy services for our clients, Balanced Creations Therapy accepts both, fee-for-service (self-pay) and multiple major insurance plans on an in-network basis. We will call to verify your benefits, file the insurance claims, and bill you for the remainder of the balance. For self-pay clients or out-of-network clients, payment is collected at the time of service and you will be provided with a superbill that you can submit to your insurance provider for direct reimbursement. For in-network clients, every effort is made to obtain accurate insurance benefits before the initial evaluation. In addition, we will work with your insurance company to resolve any claim issues that may arise, including providing needed documentation, tracking used benefits, and working to dispute any discrepancies. However, the final payment is fee-for-service (self-pay) if your insurance begins to deny claims. It is the parent’s responsibility to make payment for services rendered. We are in-network with the following insurance companies:
What insurance are you in-network with?
We are credentialed with the following insurance providers:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Cigna/American Speciality Health
- United Health Care/Optum
(more to come)