How it works
Our process involves:
- Parent/physician calls and outlines concerns.
- We conduct a brief consultation over the phone to determine if we can help.
- Together, we determine insurance coverage.
- Set up an initial appointment: a one hour evaluation.
- Based on evaluation, determine an appropriate plan of care.
- From there, we meet with the child regularly.
- We track progress through regular reevaluations.
- And finally, we coach children & parents on staying consistent and doing the homework.
Sensory Integration Praxis Test Kit
SIPT Certified Therapist
Carissa Jannicelli Pampanin, MS, OTR/L is certified and trained in Sensory Processing, Ayres Sensory Integration®, Administration of Sensory Integration, and Praxis Test (SIPT).
Sensory Integration (SI) refers to how our brain takes in information through all of our senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, movement). SI helps us understand who we are, where we are, and what is happening around us. It is also called sensory processing.
Children with sensory challenges may have:
- Extreme reactions to sound, taste, touch, movement
- Difficulty with attention
- Negative reactions (tears, tantrums, refusal to participate) to activities other children enjoy
- Difficulty following directions
- Difficulty changing from one activity to another
- Decreased social skills
These children may also be:
- Clumsy or uncoordinated
- Destructive or rough with people / objects
- Impulsive and unsafe
- Constantly moving or have difficulty sitting still
PROMPT® Trained Therapist
Deanna Jannicelli Corby, MS, CCC-SLP is trained in PROMPT. Prompt stands for Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets. This means a speech-language therapist uses touch cues on the client’s face (vocal folds, jaw, lips, tongue), to support and shape correct movement of these articulators. Through these specialized touch cues, the therapist is able to guide the client through a series of syllables, words or phrases. This hands-on approach assists the client to plan, coordinate and produce speech sounds. Slowly as a client’s speech production improves, the touch series are reduced. The client continues on to practice without them until they master the troubled areas of speech.
Studies have shown that PROMPT® has been effective in treating a wide range of communication disorders. PROMPT® is most commonly used with children who have articulation delays, motor speech difficulties or childhood apraxia of speech. Some studies have also demonstrated that PROMPT® has been effective in other populations, such as adults with apraxia and aphasia.
What Our Clients Say
I have been taking my son Zachary to Carissa since he was 4 years old and missing milestones that not only me and my wife noticed but also pointed out by our pediatrician. To be completely honest we were in denial thinking he would correct himself and all would be fine. This was not the case and thank goodness we had the intervention when we did. Zachary was becoming less confident with his abilities and started giving up quickly and acting out at home, school and during social events. The Therapy Center has been a miracle for us! Zacharys self confidence is through the roof and his cognitive, strength and sensory obstacles are in the back mirror! We have seen consistent improvement with The Pediatric Centers tailored plan to address his specific needs. I am writing this to not only acknowledge Carissa’s excellence but also to tell even one family to take action sooner rather than later and pull through all exercise programs at home...believe me it makes a difference!!!....A HUGE ONE
from Little Falls, NJ
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the progress my daughter Isabel has made under the care of Deanna and her staff at the Pediatric Center. We were very concerned that our daughter at two and a half years of age was experiencing developmental speech problems and lagging behind other children her age but, thanks to the dedication and expertise of Deanna and her staff our child has made significant strides. Deanna and her staff are knowledgeable and professional. They treat each child as if that child was their own. We are very pleased with the progress Isabel has made, and we highly recommend the Pediatric Therapy Center to anyone whose child is experiencing speech problems.
from Fairfield, New Jersey
I am so grateful that my family and I decided to send our son to the Pediatric Therapy Center. Our son who has a diagnosis of Autism was hesitant at first but Deanna immediately put him at ease with her caring and compassionate demeanor. Deanna was very patient with us and carefully explained our options. I was impressed with how knowledgeable and proficient she and staff are with the latest research. I am confident that we made the best choice. Our son is already thriving and noticeably more verbal. Thank-you to everyone at the Pediatric Therapy Center.
from Little Falls, NJ
All I can say is WOW! Carissa immediately understood where my son was lacking and how to correct the issue. I couldn’t believe that after just 5 minutes with my son Carissa had him laughing while already improving! I have never seen my son soo happy and eager for therapy! Damon told me after the session he can’t wait to come back.
We brought our son into see Carissa for his extreme torticollis and within a few short months his development expedited and all milestones his pediatrician placed on him. Without Carissa we wouldn’t know how Dustin would have responded. Thank you again for all that you have done for us!
from Verona, NJ
I would like to thank Deanna for all of her hard work in treating and caring for my son throughout each one of our speech therapy appointments. Deanna and all of her staff are professional and innovative in their approach and techniques. Once my husband and I made a commitment to Deanna and her practice it was incredible to watch our son consistently make progress and meet milestones. Aside from the welcoming and family first atmosphere at the pediatric center, Deanna accepts insurance which is not common in this field which helped my husband and I manage costs while also making sure our son received the best therapy in northern New Jersey. I would recommend Deanna to any family who is undecided on where to go or who to call when deciding on pediatric speech therapy. Thank you Deanna for all the time and effort you’ve put in with my son. You are truly remarkable!
from North Caldwell, New Jersey
There are so many beautiful, wonderful things to say about how The has helped my son. Finding Carissa & Deanna was a God-send! My son has gone from being shy and non-verbal to outgoing and talkative in a short span of time. The ladies at The Pediatric Therapy Center of NJ are hard working, patient and loving to our family and I can't thank them enough! Highly recommended with love and joy! ❤️
from Newark, NJ
We have been extremely pleased with our four-year old son Michael’s progress. He received a diagnosis of the Apraxia by his neurologist. We did not know where to turn. Our preschool teacher recommended that we see both Deanna and Carissa (they are sisters) for both speech and occupational therapy services. We walked in the door and knew this was the right place! It is completely family driven! You can tell from the moment you meet them that they have been in practice for many years and have tons of experience. We feel like we are treated like family- they handle every aspect from start to finish-including our challenging insurance plan. It is truly a white glove experience. If you are looking for a family driven experience, clean facility/child friendly environment, with a multitude of knowledge in a variety of areas, the Pediatric Center is the place for you and more importantly your child! Michael is a completely different child because of the Pediatric Therapy Center.
Debbie and Robert G
from Cedar Grove, NJ
A plus for Carissa and her team! My son absolutely loves coming to therapy! We have tried several other places and it was always a struggle to get Tommy to come. Not the case with the Bloomfield Institute!
I am a very apprehensive mother and I hate to see my child upset. My job is to make her life better and easier but unfortunately I didn’t have the tools to accomplish this. Carissa and her team gave me and my family just that! The correct tools to help our child once again thrive with her fine motor skills!
Thank you again to Carissa and the team! I immediately felt like family and all my worries and concerns were gone the very first visit!
I have been to other occupational therapists and unfortunately they missed the mark with my son Tyler. They were not addressing the underlying issues that my son has. I brought Evan in to see Carissa and with her vast experience and knowledge she was quickly able to pinpoint the root of the problem and to address those concerns first.
No “band aid” job with Carissa! She nailed it!! We couldn’t be happier and will definitely refer our friends that need OT.
from Riverdale, NJ
The Pediatric Therapy Center has been a blessing to my family because all of the therapists are caring and knowledgeable in their fields. The therapists are patient, kind, and loving. Both of my sons go to the center once per week for speech and occupational therapy and they love going! My oldest son hugs the staff and they make sure his session is catered to his needs. One of the speech therapists, recommended that my son get a speech device- he now uses a device to communicate. The owners will work with you to make sure you and your child have the best experience. I highly recommend the center! 5 stars!!!!
from Bloomfield, NJ
Deanna and her staff at the Pediatric Therapy Center are very courteous and professional. When we brought our granddaughter in for an evaluation Deanna responded thoroughly to all our questions and concerns and immediately put us at ease. The office is friendly and inviting, and our granddaughter enjoyed meeting the staff. Deanna is a skilled therapist who always puts the needs of her patients first. We are so happy to have worked with her and her team. It was one of the best decisions my daughter and I made for my granddaughter. Thank-you to Deanna and her staff.