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Lexington Therapies – Before and After

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Mesa Therapy Sensory Gym Before Renovations

Lexington Therapies is a fun and engaging atmosphere for those with disabilities to receive therapy services. Director Dallin Webster oversees the programs and therapists and has found that creating an environment for children to feel comfortable and engaged will provide the best results. 

Lexington Therapy has two locations; one in Mesa and one in Phoenix. Both centers went through renovations in 2020 to improve both the services offered and the facilities. Both renovations had different purposes, but both have beautiful outcomes and provide families better services for their children.

The Mesa location was renovated to bring more life to the center. When Lexington first moved into the building, it did not reflect Lexington. The colors were dull, and it did not “scream children.” To make matters worse, the previous sensory gym was small. The facility also lacked equipment that could better children during therapy.

In March of 2020, the opportunity came to expand the facility by connecting with the suite next door. With great support and a plan in mind, the renovations began for expansion. A wall was knocked down to join the suits, the walls were painted, and the rooms were updated to reflect the therapy they accommodate.

Now upon visiting the Mesa Therapy location, families will experience vibrant colors, a larger sensory area, and purple carpet to tie it all together. 

“For whatever reason, I love the carpet,” commented Webster. “That carpet brings it all together. It’s a fun purple, and it was a big risk when we picked that carpet out. We had no idea how it would look when it was all laid out, but now, it screams this is a place for kids and that this is a clean and safe environment.”

Disney Pixar characters line the walls, and members can experience a beautiful treasure hunt art mural along the hallway. More therapists have been hired to fill the new offices, and the music department has blossomed to the point of having a waitlist. 

The Phoenix location is no exception. The renovations there began in early fall when Webster expanded to include another part of the building. He found it was a great time to renovate the space for safety and upgrade purposes. The Phoenix location did not need more space but better functionality to utilize the space more efficiently. 

Mesa Therapy Sensory Gym After Renovations

Now, the Phoenix location has renovations and improvements both inside and out. Inside the therapy center, families will now find

  • more offices to accommodate more therapists and children
  • an expanded music department
  • an upgraded sensory room

Outside the therapy center, members will see

  • a security fence
  • freshly painted walls
  • brand new signage 
  • added security around the center

“My favorite part in the Phoenix location is what we recently did,” said Webster. “We added a new wall to create room for new employees, and I love adding members to our team. So now we can hire more people, and we can service more kids. It gives us the opportunity to help even more!” 

These renovations have made families feel safe, secure, and help ensure the high-quality services their children receive are better than ever.. Parents are seeing these spaces and know that Lexington Therapy is helping their child meet their goals and highest potential.

Meet the Director of Lexington Therapy

An Arizona native, Dallin Webster grew up the middle of three kids in Mesa and graduated from Mesa High in 2006. From 2007 to 2009, Webster served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Fresno, California. Since then, he has received his Associate’s Degree from Mesa Community College (MCC) and is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University (ASU). 

Director Webster is married and has two children diagnosed with autism, and attends various therapies. He enjoys everything and anything Disney and watching and playing basketball.

Since 2010 Webster and Harrison Rogers, the founder, and CEO of Lexington Services, have been close friends. During 2019, Webster was a stay-at-home father working closely with his children and assisting them in their growth through attending therapies. He was contacted and offered the Director of the Therapy program in December of that same year and has been working hard since making Lexington Therapy Services a significant staple and benefit to the Mesa and Phoenix communities. 

“I grew up in this neighborhood,” said Webster. “It brings me an abundance of humility and joy to be serving this community now in my adult years!”

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What is Color Therapy?

Everyone has a favorite color or a set of colors they like. That color may bring them joy or peace or remind them of a particular memory or activity. We fill our home with colors we like or colors that bring certain moods to specific rooms. We decorate, we paint, and we coordinate, but what effect does color have? 

In honor of National Color Therapy month, let’s look at what color therapy is, how color affects children with autism and how we can use color therapy in our everyday lives.

Color Therapy, or chromotherapy, is based on the idea that color and colored lights can help treat physical or mental health. According to this idea, they cause subtle changes in our moods and biology.”

For example, being in a dark room with a fluorescent light may cause anxiety, while being in a warm-colored room with plants would bring a sense of peace.

Children with autism are no different when it comes to colors. They may even be more susceptible to specific colors because their senses react differently than children without autism. This is because chil

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dren with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have abnormalities in their eye structure. “Due to some chemical imbalances and neural deficits, the rod cells and cone cells present in their eyes experience different changes. Many studies have revealed that 85% of children with autism perceive colors more intensely than other children.”

A child with autism will experience louder sounds and brighter lights than most children, making bright primary colors difficult for them to process. Some colors, like red, can even give a sense of pain or anguish. 

Parents will find that their child may respond better to dull and pale colors, like blue or pink. Others will discover purple or orange to be calming for their child. The difference can depend on how hyperactive the child can be in an environment. A calm, introverted child will find some primary colors to be soothing. Therefore, those colors can be used in their everyday environment. Hyperactive children might get triggered by bright colors and may need dull and pale colors in their daily environment to focus. As a therapist I am hearing nothing good of Ambien, not only is it addictive, but 3 of my past or present clients have reported not reporting what they have done

Colors and How Children with Autism Perceive Them

Decorating an autistic child’s room or classroom is more than just coordinating colors or decorating for a season. It is pairing the right soothing colors to promote focus and learning. These colors may vary from child to child, but some colors have a universal perception. 

So how will most children with Autism Spectrum Disorder perceive these primary colors?


Seen as calming and even saddening in some cases, blue can provide stress relief for children. “Chroma therapy uses light blue tones for treating pain, depression, and sadness while the darker shades of blue are used for sedative purposes for treating insomnia.” Blue represents many different feelings like spirit or freedom. For others, it may mean a sense of wellness.


Orange is considered to be a happy color that draws attention to itself. “Color therapy states that orange can be used to stimulate appetite, mental activity, and cheerful emotions. Hence orange can be a comfort color to those who have food sensitivities.” 


The color green is considered a cool-toned color. “Green helps to relax the nervous system and lessens feelings of stress. It seems to help with communication and developing speech skills. Cool colors may be a good choice for individuals where reducing stimulation is a high priority, such as those with ADHD or the hypersensitive variation of autism.”


Pink is seen as a favorite among children with autism, especially pale pink. It produces a mild response and may even help with concentration in some children.


Red is a color to use carefully around hyperactive children with autism. It may bring out aggression, tension, or higher energy levels. Some children may even feel pain when interacting with the color red.

Colors are found everywhere and can be the reason children with autism are drawn to particular objects. Have you played a specific cartoon on repeat lately? Repetition may be the answer, but the color palette the designers used for the characters could be the main draw. 

The same could be said of video games. Video games use vibrant colors and high-definition graphics that bring those colors to life. However, older video games will have a colorful design with basic shapes and moves that will draw the attention of a child with autism. 

Lexington is happy to provide students and members opportunities to experiment with colors and shapes in art classes and after-school clubs

Color Therapy can also be done at home. From the colors in a child’s room to the toys they play with, most things a child interacts with can be used as a form of color therapy. At home, try painting the walls or an accent wall your child’s favorite calming color. Toys can be primary colors but keep other objects pale or dull colors to promote a calm environment. 

Colors are a significant part of life. Let’s celebrate National Color Therapy month by taking advantage of the great moods colors bring to us and use them to improve our everyday lives.

Check out this video of our Lexington members using colors for sensory therapy. And don’t forget to follow us!

A Parent’s Guide to Autism Treatment and Support

If you are learning your child has autism, figuring out your next steps may seem complicated. No one is prepared to hear their child is anything but happy and healthy, and hearing Autism Spectrum Disorder can come across as frightening, so let’s define it.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined “as a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior.” Children do not “grow out” of ASD, but they can receive treatment to help them develop new skills and overcome these developmental challenges. Early intervention is the most effective way to help your child find the right treatment and program type.  

Common treatment plans include 

Lexington Services offers autistic support services to kids with autism and other disabilities. Lexington Therapy Services provides children with skilled therapists and individualized plans for children to achieve their goals and thrive in life.

Lexington also provides an After School Program, Adult Program, and a Summer Program for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Members can take advantage of several types of therapies in a center or in a home environment. 

Support is an essential part of you and your child’s journey. The right kind of support can bring together answers and ease in the same setting. Support groups and respite are great forms of autism support. 

Support groups allow parents to share information, receive advice, and really lean on each other for things emotional. Respite, which is provided by Lexington, can give parents a break from time to time. Lexington would match your child with a caregiver who will take over temporarily for a few hours or even days and provide autism help.

Another essential thing to remember is your own self-care. Raising a child is not easy, and raising a child with special needs provides more challenges. Making sure you are taken care of will bring out the best in your child too.

When looking for treatments, you will also come across programs.

These programs may include:

  • Government programs
  • In-Home Behavioral
  • School-based programs

Government based programs can begin as soon as a parent suspects something. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities are eligible to receive free or low-cost services. Infants through the age of two years old are eligible for early intervention programs. These early intervention programs are tailored to your child’s unique needs. 

To qualify, a child must undergo a free evaluation. Once the assessment is complete and if a developmental problem is found, the parent will then work with the providers to determine an Individualized Family Service Plan to describe the needs and specific services for the child.

Children three years and older are eligible for school-based programs. In school-based programs, children with ASD are placed in small groups with other children of the same level to receive more individual attention and specialized instruction. Depending on their abilities, these children may still spend part of their day in a regular classroom.

To receive school-based services, your local school system will have to evaluate your child. After the evaluation, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is created to address your child’s needs and the educational goals for the school year.

Lastly, in-home behavioral programs are also available. In-Home Behavioral Services “offer support to a youth who has a challenging behavior that interferes with everyday life.” Here, a team works with the child and parent to create a behavioral plan to improve their functioning. 

Although a diagnosis for your child may seem frightening, taking the first steps don’t have to be. With the right treatment and programs, your child can thrive. Lexington Services is committed to tailoring to every child’s needs and building a foundation for students to achieve their highest potential. Learn more about us today. 


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Special Needs Services – Which One Is Right For Your Child?

It is truly a blessing that parents with special needs children have SO many options when it comes to choosing a treatment plan.

With so many treatment plans available, it can get pretty overwhelming knowing which one will be the most effective for your kiddo. At Lexington Services, we are here to help you every step of the way in understanding what your child wants and providing what they need.

Lexington has so many different options for treating your child making us a TRUE one-stop-shop for everything your child could need, but which service is right for you?

We are going to give a very brief break down of the different types of services we offer.

We will be using different acronyms, so to better understand what these terms mean you can refer to our Helpful Glossary of Terms.

In-Home Services

Habilitation (HAB) – Habilitations services offer providers that teach independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, and using the bathroom and emphasize the importance of improved behavior and doing things on their own.

Respite (RSP) – an in-home service that provides a temporary break for primary caregivers. This option is especially helpful to parents because it provides relief and is available to individuals of all ages.

Attendant Care (ATC) – offers services that assist with activities of daily living like feeding, bathing, and clothing.


Speech Therapy – used to improve communication and treat problems with speech including fluency and articulation. This is a very common type of therapy that many kids with autism need and is proven to be very effective in reaching milestones.

Occupational Therapy (OC) – a form of therapy designed to help with fine motor skills and daily activities. OC is perfect in aiding the barrier that affects the physical, social, and emotional aspects of someone with special needs.

Music Therapy – a rather new therapy designed for emotional and social development, music therapy has also been proven to help with vocalization, lowering anxiety, and even improving coordination. We notice music therapy has a positive effect on many of our kiddos.

While these are not all of the services and therapies Lexington offers, we hope this is a good insight on some of the options Lexington Services can offer.

For more information about us and our other types of services visit our website or give us a call at 480-900-1009.

How Your Special Needs Child Can Still Receive Therapy During Coronavirus

Whether it’s the expressive methods used in speech therapy, the clinical development process of occupational therapy, or the creative process of music therapy, Lexington Services is here for you. We are constantly making sure we are able to provide the best care for our members and help them reach their milestones.

But unfortunately, as we inch our way through a worldwide pandemic, it has become increasingly harder for children with special needs to receive the therapies that are essential to their learning, development, and growth.

Though times may be challenging, Lexington continues to persevere, and provide ways that your child can get the adequate learning and support they need.

Because we live in a digital world, Lexington has been able to find this perfect balance of social distancing while also issuing our therapy services to people from the safety of their own homes.

We have implemented teletherapy based services into our curriculum. Teletherapy services allow our clients to remain safely at home, while also making sure their children don’t fall behind and regress in their learning.

Teletherapy is a great option for parents who don’t feel comfortable sending their kids back to Lexington in-person yet. In addition to keeping parents at ease, teletherapy keeps parents connected while our providers can focus on improving your child’s learning and growth, so they can achieve those #SoTheyCan moments.

Many parents are skeptical about implementing online and remote special needs services. Perhaps there is this idea if you are not doing these services in person, it is not effective. But, as our Director of Therapies Dallin Webster will testify “I encourage all parents to try it at least once.” As parents get used to the idea and the convenience of these amazing services, they will see that they are still getting the same great service all from the comfort of their own home.

Times may be uncertain, but your child’s continued development doesn’t have to be. As we progress through the digital age, now more than ever it is easier for parents to ensure that their child’s growth is not compromised.

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For an overview of all the therapy services Lexington offers, check out our video!

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