Rock Star Therapy is a Virginia DARS (Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services) Vendor

Rock Star Therapy is proud to partner with Virginia DARS in their mission

"to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families."

Rock Star Therapy offers Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy evaluations as well as intervention to DARS clients who may benefit from therapy. Interventions may include flexibility training, pragmatic language training, social skills training, sensory integration, ZONES of Regulation, Interactive Metronome, Therapeutic Listening or other therapeutic interventions as indicated. 

Speech-Language Pathologists take a look at all facets of communication, including speech and language (see below for specific areas assessed). Emphasis is placed on functional communication skills, meaning that it is important for Suzanne to hear the client's goals for what they would like to improve, and in what contexts. Therapy must be meaningful, and I will work as a team with you to figure out what is going on, and how to fix it.  

  • Background and Developmental Information

-Gather information on developmental history of communication and milestones, as well as medical history. (This may be obtained from intake rather than the client).

  • Client Interview

 -An interview with the client will be obtained during the evaluation.  

  • Assessment and Observation with the Client

-Assessment tools will be selected based on the individual needs of the client.  The evaluation will aim to provide valuable information about the current functioning of the client.

- The following areas may be assessed during a Speech-Language Evaluation:

  • ​Articulation

  • Phonology

  • Fluency/Stuttering

  • Voice

  • Expressive language

  • Receptive language

  • Pragmatic (social use of) language

  • Oral/motor structure and function

  • Evaluation Report

-The evaluation report will include all clinical impressions resulting from the assessments, history, and observations. Diagnostic results will be shared with the client and indicated team members, as well as recommendations for therapeutic intervention, if warranted.  

Occupational Therapists are concerned about an individual’s level of participation in daily activities that are important to him or her. These might include skills related to self-help, peer relationships, academics, work, and self–regulation. An occupational therapist will want to know what is important to you and set attainable goals that reflect priorities of the client. Your OT evaluation may include:

  • Background and Developmental Information

            -Gather information on developmental and medical history. (This may be obtained from intake rather than client).

  • Client Interview

- The information you provide is vital for identifying priorities and setting realistic goals that will make a difference in your life. 

  • Assessment and Observation with the Client

 

  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills

  • Fine motor development related to dexterity, strength, grasp efficiency, range of motion, and bilateral use (how well the hands work together)

  • Gross motor strength, endurance, and coordination

  • Motor planning abilities

  • Integration of primitive reflexes

  • Work skills and interests

  • Executive functioning skills related to attention, organization, flexibility, etc.

  • Self-regulation (how a person calms themselves or adapts to their environment)

  • Sensory processing abilities (how a person processes what he sees, hears, feels, etc. and produces an appropriate response)

-An OT assessment focuses on building rapport, utilizing standardized assessments to identify developmental skill levels, and completing clinical observations that provide information on your motor and sensory development, self-regulation abilities, and executive functioning skills. Specific skills that may be assessed include:

  • Evaluation Report

-The final piece of the evaluation process is reviewing the report, which summarizes all information gathered, the clinical impressions of the therapist, and treatment goals that address identified concerns while utilizing the client's strengths. 

For More Information

DARS Case Managers

If you feel your DARS client may benefit from a Speech or Occupational Therapy evaluation, or both, please call or click below. We're excited to partner with the DARS team and your client. 

Prospective DARS Clients

If you would like to learn more about DARS services and if you may be eligible to become a DARS client click below to go to the Virginia DARS Website.