For more than 60 years United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP) has provided comprehensive services to children and adults with disabilities in Maricopa County. Annually, UCP serves nearly 3,500 individuals who have various disabilities including, but not limited to, cerebral palsy, autism, Down syndrome, developmental delays and learning disabilities.
The UCP main campus, the “Laura Dozer” Center is located in North Phoenix at 1802 West Parkside Lane, Phoenix, 85027. Program services include an Early Learning Center/Preschool, a Children’s Day Treatment and Training Afterschool Program, a Children’s Day Treatment and Training Summer Program, a Day Treatment and Training Program for Adults, Home and Community Based Services, the Arizona Early Intervention Program and a state of the art Therapy Clinic where children receive physical, occupational, speech and feeding therapy.
About UCP Downtown
With more and more individuals and families seeking services in the Central Phoenix and East Valley regions of the County, UCP has explored opportunities to expand to strategically located neighborhoods and communities. Through the generosity of Circle K, who are providing lease payments through April 2017; a new UCP Downtown located on Roosevelt at 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ., is now open for feeding and speech therapies! This location provides an ideal opportunity for UCP to outreach into the central city community to develop programs so that more children and families, especially those who are low to moderate income, can receive the services they deserve.
UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for those with disabilities. To do this, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, life skill and independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social outlets, and basic research. In addition, we are a community and information expert for families addressing the needs of those with disabilities.
Whether the concern for your child is picky eating, poor breast or bottle feeding, failure to thrive, food allergies, intolerance to textures, difficulty chewing, or even transitioning from G-tube to oral feeding, help can be found at the UCP Feeding Clinic. Our trained feeding therapists can assist in addressing the entire feeding experience beginning from birth, and even on to adolescence. The team understands that diagnoses such as premature birth, food allergies, and other developmental delays can significantly interrupt typical feeding and swallowing development. Our feeding clinic team uses a variety of play based feeding therapy techniques and a multi-disciplinary, sensory-oral approach with the guidance of an occupational therapist and a speech therapist. Through this approach, our team will teach kids to have positive experiences with food, learn mealtime routines with their families, increase tolerance to the smell, touch and taste of food, increase the range and volume of food they will eat and increase the skills it takes to tolerate age appropriate foods. Our experienced feeding therapists will work together with parents, caregivers, and medical professionals to attain the results your child needs. Let UCP Feeding Clinic be the last stop to your child’s feeding challenges and the first step to becoming a successful eater!
Speech- Language Pathology
Are you worried that your child is not talking, not talking in complete sentences or are hard to understand? UCP SLP team help children, who do not talk like other children their age, do not follow directions, have difficulty getting words out, appear to stutter, have hoarse voices or speech is affected by hearing impairment. Our SLPs facilitate children’s speech and language skills by focusing on the “how-to” of talking including making sounds, pronunciation and the coordination of mouth muscles and movements to produce speech. Our SLP team knows how to help children understand what they see or hear and overcome struggles with finding the right words or organizing words in a meaningful way. They can help your child to communicate their special message or simply hold a conversation with you. When a child can communicate their wants, needs and thoughts, frustration can be prevented that sometimes leads to negative behaviors. Your child can overcome these challenges to grow in both understanding and speaking words with help from our UCP SLP team!
Are you troubled that your child responds differently to sensation than other children? Does your child react negatively to sounds or bright lights or doesn’t like messy play? Is your child fearful with movement or seek out excessive swinging, spinning or rough play? Deficits in sensory processing, poor body awareness and muscle weakness may make it difficult for your child to hop, skip, catch a ball, color, cut with scissors, use a spoon to eat or even dress like children the same age. The UCP OT team can help your child overcome sensory and motor challenges to be successful and confident in in their daily lives. UCP’s therapists will use fun activities to improve processing of sensory information, overall strength and coordination, motor planning, coordination of the two sides of the body, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills and hand skills. Our OT team can help children use the sensory and motor information they receive from their body and their world around them to be independent in life’s simple childhood tasks such as play, self-help and learning. With the UCP OT Team’s help, your child can overcome life’s challenges with the just right challenge!
If you are concerned about your child’s large motor skills, UCPs PT team may be able to help. Muscle weakness, abnormally low or high muscle tone, limited movement in joints or poor balance may prevent your child from walking, running, playing on playground equipment or climbing stairs. Our PTs help children be independent. UCP’s highly trained therapists are skilled in facilitating movement and mobility to improve a child’s motor development and function by using fun age appropriate activities to increase a child’s strength and endurance, motor learning, balance and coordination. Our PT team knows how to create learning opportunities using play to address physical challenges children may face in their daily lives. Our team can also help children and their families with positioning, techniques, transferring and lifting, obtaining orthotics/prosthetics, purchasing adaptive equipment and using assistive technology. The UCP PT team can help your child overcome to live life without limitations!
Home and Community Based Services
Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) are available to both children and adults being served by the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). The programs objective is to provide highly personalized, attentive and well-trained care in three main areas of service: Attendant Care, Habilitation, and Respite in the consumer’s home and/or community.
Attendant Care provides assistance for an individual to remain in their home and participate in community activities by attaining or maintaining personal cleanliness, activities of daily living, and safe and sanitary living conditions that includes but is not limited to the following:
- Meal preparation and clean up ( e.g., meal planning, preparing foods, special diets, clean up and storing food)
- Eating/Assistance with eating
- Bathing (e.g., washing, drying, transferring, adjusting water and setting up equipment)
- Laundry (e.g., putting clothes in washer or dryer, folding clothes, putting clothes away)
- Shopping (e.g., grocery shopping and picking up medication)
- Attending to certified service animal needs
- General supervision for an individual who cannot be safely left alone.
Habilitation provides learning opportunities designed to help the consumer develop skills and independence. This service may be provided to:
- Increase or maintain independence and socialization skills
- Increase or maintain safety and community skills
- Increase or maintain the individual’s health and safety
- Provide training in:
- Essential activities required to meet personal and physical needs
- Alternative and/or adaptive communication skills
- Self-help/living skills
- Develop the individual’s support system to reduce the need for paid services
- Help family members learn how to teach the individual a new skill
Caring for someone with disabilities is often a twenty-four/seven job.
Respite provides short-term care to relieve caregivers and family members. This service allows families/guardians the opportunity to take some time off and handle simple day to day tasks, without having to worry about the well-being of their loved one.
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