Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Energy Interventions are currently limited. Please contact us for more information.

As part of our Whole-Child approach, we incorporate Alternative and Non-traditional Interventions, usually in coordination with standard therapy treatments. Our holistic methods focus on mindfulness and positive energy as vital pieces to the growth and development of children.

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Energy Interventions is the product of years of practice with various modalities including alternative healing, Cranial Sacral therapy, mindfulness, sensory integration, Super Brain Yoga and developmental movement programs.

It promotes harmonious integration of the physical, emotional, neurological and energy bodies. These techniques can be used alone or in combination with traditional therapy.

Benefits of alternative therapy strategies

Many complementary and alternative therapies concentrate on relaxation, reducing stress, and stimulating the body’s natural healing powers.

They help to calm emotions, relieve anxiety, and increase a general sense of health and well-being.

For thousands of years, professionals have offered these alternative methods to supplement traditional therapies as a way to treat the whole body. 

FTC proudly combines these supplemental therapies with traditional therapeutic intervention.

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Some Energy Interventions We Use

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Safe and Sound Protocol

Developed by Dr. Stephen Porges, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five-day music intervention designed to reduce stress and auditory sensitivity while improving social engagement. Based on the Polyvagal Theory, SSP calms the physiological and emotional state, opening the door for improved communication and more successful therapy. All of our Occupational Therapists are certified in SSP therapy.

The Safe and Sound Protocol is a research-based therapy showing significant results in just five days in the areas of:

  • Social and emotional difficulties
  • Auditory sensitivities
  • Anxiety and trauma-related challenges
  • Inattention Stressors that impact social engagement

Pranic Healing

Coming from the Sanskrit word for life-force, Pranic Healing is a tried and true system of energy treatment that uses prana to balance, harmonize, and transform the body’s innate healing process. This invisible, yet vital energy keeps the body alive and maintains good health.

Super Brain Yoga

Superbrain Yoga is a simple, yet beneficial exercise that doesn’t involve any crazy twisting or turning of the body. It is designed to help improve aspects of your mental health such as concentration. Super Brain Yoga combines breathing techniques with acupressure to reorient the hemispheres of the brain.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on technique that uses light touch to stimulate membranes and movement of the fluids in and around the central nervous system. Relieving tension here promotes well-being by eliminating pain and boosting health and immunity.

Rhythmic Movement Training

Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is a movement based, reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure, and self-awareness to develop the foundations necessary to help overcome sensory, emotional, and behavioral challenges for children.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) “Tapping” Technique

The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an alternative treatment for physical pain and emotional distress. It’s commonly known as tapping or psychological acupressure. The belief is that tapping the body can create a balance in your energy system and treat pain.

Guided Therapeutic Imagery

Guided Therapeutic Imagery is a technique that helps to focus on mental images to evoke feelings of relaxation and calmness. Based on the concept of mind-body connection, it upholds the interaction between body and mind as one important factor in overall health and well-being.

Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations help one focus on interpersonal exchange and positive affect. The use of positive affirmations and good thoughts will help parents, caregivers, and children find their inner strength and change their perception.


Acupressure is based on the same principles as acupuncture to promote relaxation and wellness and to treat disease. By applying pressure to energy points on the body known as meridians, acupressure alleviates stress and allows healing energy to move through the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you take insurance?

We work with all out-of-network insurance providers.

How do I get started?

After the initial contact is made either through our 24-hour phone service or email, FTC patient advocate will contact you within 24 hours.

She will send you the link to fill out all necessary paperwork which can be found on our website and a place to upload a copy of your insurance card front and back.

Our team will check your insurance before your first appointment so you will have a full understanding of what coverage you are entitled to.

If you don’t hear from us within 24-48 hours, you can call 973-339-0141. We will schedule your screening/evaluation.

After my initial contact with the FTC client advocate team, how long will I have to wait for an appointment?

We try to schedule you within 1 week, but depending on schedules it may take up to two weeks.

Do I need a prescription/referral from my doctor?

FTC Kids can legally treat your child without a prescription/referral; however, if we are billing insurance, they may require the referral.

Our FTC client advocate team will do everything in their power to ensure reimbursement.

We may ask families to get a referral signed by a medical doctor, nurse practitioner or psychiatrist to help the case.

What is the difference between a screening and an evaluation?

FTC Kids offers complementary screenings. This is a time where parents can express their concerns and ask questions to qualified therapists about their child’s behavior and skills.

The therapist will observe the child playing naturally and may have him/her complete some simple activities to get a quick “snapshot” of your child without formal testing.

Evaluations are required by all insurance companies for prior-authorizations or approval to start services at FTC Kids. Your insurance policy may list coverage for therapy services; however, it must be medically necessary.

The results from the evaluation will determine not only if therapy is beneficial but if it is necessary for your child’s development.

What should I expect at my first session/screening?

You will be required to bring copies of your insurance cards and all completed paperwork if not filled out online prior to session.

Parents and child will tour the facility and be introduced to the evaluating therapist.

If the child is comfortable, he/she will transition with a therapist for testing while the parent completes an interview with a patient advocate.

Insurance coverage will be reviewed and information gathered from the interview and screening will be shared with parents.

Together the parent and therapist will create a plan for next steps and following session will be scheduled. 

How long does an evaluation take?

This is usually conducted over one or two 1-hour sessions where the child completes a series of developmental movements, reflex testing, visual motor testing and standardized testing.

How long should I expect to receive a finalized written report?

Evaluations are typically completed in 7 days; however, they have been known to take up to 10 days depending on the complexity and workload of the therapist.

Do you accept evaluations conducted at other locations?

We can not use a school evaluation since it is not a medical evaluation but it may be useful in treatment. Depending on your insurance we may be able to use evaluations completed within 6 months at another therapy clinic.

Do you have a waitlist?

We occasionally have waitlists for “prime time” slots (3-5pm) but we always have slots during the week if you are more flexible.

Do you have weekend and evening hours?

Yes. Depending on the therapist and availability our therapists offer Saturdays and weekly sessions until 7:30pm.

Do we have the same appointment time and therapist each week?

It is most convenient to schedule the same and time each week. If a make-up is warranted due to illness or family emergency we will do our best to reschedule or find a therapist to fill in. 

Can I do more than one therapy service at your location?

FTC offers Occupational, Speech, and Physical therapy both individually and in group sessions.

Depending on the child, it may be beneficial to participate in a Speech session before or after a Physical or Occupational therapy session.

Some insurances will only reimburse one therapy session per day and these services would not be combined.

Are siblings and or parents welcome in the therapy sessions?

Parents are always welcome. We believe family participation is crucial for your child’s progress and continued success.

Due to COVID precautions and space restrictions, we would not be able to accommodate this need during popular times of day. We will happily schedule a time or day when the facility is less occupied. 

Siblings are not typically involved in therapy sessions unless this family dynamic is a primary concern.

The treatment plan must include goals and objectives to address these needs and an appropriate time must be scheduled when the gym is not as populated for sibling sessions.

we look forward to hearing from you!

Get in Touch | Inquiry

Ready to get started at FTC Kids or do you have questions that we can answer? Once we receive your initial contact, either through our 24-hour phone service, email, or the form below, an FTC Patient Advocate will contact you within 24 hours.

Phone: (973) 339-0141 | Email: contact@ftckids.com

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