What is Cirque Therapy?
Cirque Therapy is a pediatric Occupational Therapy clinic that focuses specifically on meeting the needs of children of various ages, abilities, and diagnoses through combining the science and practice of OT with the fun of the circus.
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that enables people to live life to their fullest even when dealing with physical, social, emotional and developmental disabilities or challenges.
Who benefits from our services?
We commonly see children diagnosed with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum, and other developmental delays. However, a diagnosis is not necessary for our services.
Children who are struggling at home, children who experience difficulty with fine and gross motor skills, visual or sensory processing disorders and learning challenges.
Children who need help with social interaction or imaginative play skills can also benefit from our services.
“Play is the highest form of research.”
— Albert Einstein
Tools We Use
Obstacle Courses & Balance Beams
Juggling & Hula Hooping
Family Education and Support
Adaptive Equipment for School or Home
Consultation & Advocacy in Schools
Improved ability to function in home and school environments
Increased independence in activities of daily living
Increased confidence and self-control
Increased social engagement
Improved fine motor skills
Improved upper body, lower body, and core strength
Cirque Therapy can help your child.
Schedule an Evaluation
The first step in getting help for your child is to schedule an evaluation and assessment. This initial appointment takes up to 90 minutes and will provide you and the therapist with a comprehensive evaluation of the child's developmental strengths and weaknesses. After that a personalized plan of care is developed for your child that supports them in their specific challenges and helps plan for their future success.
Medicaid Accepted, no referral necessary
Denali Kid Care
Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Aetna (as well as most other forms of insurance)
How It Works
Circus, as a discipline, provides a variety of experiences and activities, which facilitates positive emotional, physical, and mental health outcomes. Occupational therapy and circus promote a better quality of life using the experience of play, fun and creative expression.
Interacting in appropriately pitched circus activities promotes turn-taking, leadership, communication, empathy, expression, trust and dependability. Grading the tasks individually to have a combination of challenging and achievable components promotes feelings of motivation and satisfaction in engagement, as well as increased self-confidence and self-efficacy. Engagement in circus activities can also provide respite or distraction from ones current state of stress or mental instability.
Circus skills can be graded to fit the capacities of people with a wide variety of physical and mental capabilities. Many activities used in circus increase body awareness, circulation, strength, tone, and flexibility.
Circus skills assist in the formation of healthy peer interaction which can translate into teamwork. Traditionally in circus there is a role for everyone. By utilizing an occupational therapy approach, an important part of this unique program focuses on highlighting an individual's strengths. All participants are recognized and valued by other members of the group. The life skills learned emotionally, cognitively and physically contribute towards improving an individual's ability to function socially and become a positive active member of their society.
Circus works the brain. The activities, equipment and structured repetition, provide individuals with multiple skills. Participants will find an increase of gross and fine motor control, coordination, visual perceptual abilities, sequencing, sense of rhythm and timing, reactions, bi-manual hand use and concentration.