Occupational Therapy for Children
Our pediatric occupational therapists provide interventions to children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays and are experiencing difficulties functioning in one or more areas of their lives. Occupational therapy may include facilitating the performance of coordinated motor skills and/or use of the hands, as well as promoting skills for listening and following directions, self-regulation, social play, dressing, and grooming. Some other areas of focus may include helping children improve abstract reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing, and motor planning. All of these skills are crucial for independent living and success across many environments.
A child’s “occupation” is to play, participate in school, and be independent with self-care activities. Occupational therapists assist children in being successful in all of these areas. This may be addressed through facilitating improvement with:
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES:
- Sensory processing integration
- Praxis/motor planning
- Muscle tone and postural controls
- Gross motor control and coordination
- Fine motor control and coordination
- Bilateral coordination skills
- Visual motor skills
- Handwriting Assessment and Treatment
- Executive functioning skills
- Social skills/pragmatic skills
- Coping skills
- Self-concept and behavior
- Ocular Motor and Visual Perceptual Assessment and Treatment
- Home Programs
- Therapeutic Listening
- Wilbarger Approach and Therapeutic Brushing
All of these areas are crucial for development and optimal participation at home, at school, and in the community.
Occupational therapists often use a play-based approach to facilitate the development of functional skills. We help children develop the skills needed to perform everyday tasks by using creative methods to motivate children. We value our relationships with caregivers, teachers, and physicians, and realize that collaboration is essential in creating effective carry-over from the clinic to the home and school environments.
Our therapists treat children with a wide variety of abilities. They specialize in working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. We enjoy working with any child who needs extra support to meet his/her full potential.