Occupational therapy (OT) helps children succeed in everyday activities including play, social interactions, activities of daily living, and learning. Using a play based approach that is family centered and child led, our occupational therapists focus on helping children and empowering families. Treatment includes a variety of activities that are important for a child’s “occupations” of family member, student, player, and friend. Activities might be sensory motor based movement, pretend or exploratory play, functional tasks such as dressing, social interactions or academic related tasks. Therapy always focuses on the child’s interests and strengths to support participation and motivation. Parents are encouraged to be a part of therapy by observing or participating, depending on the nature of the treatment session and the child’s needs. Recommendations for home activities are always provided for carry over and follow through on treatment strategies and goals. Helping the family and other adults understand the child’s strengths and needs is a critical part of occupational therapy.
Our occupational therapy staff specializes in working with children who have sensory processing disorder and related conditions but are skilled at providing therapy for all children with developmental concerns. Services are provided in a sensory rich environment and designed to provide the “just right challenge” for each child within each session and activity. This approach fosters skill development, task mastery and self-confidence and is effective when working with all children with disabilities.
Children who benefit from OT include all children from birth through adolescence who struggle with meeting daily task demands in any setting. These children may have developmental delays, acquired disabilities due to illness or injury, or congenital disorders resulting in disabilities. Conditions treated include but are not limited to:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning disorders
- Hypotonia or muscle weakness
- Dyspraxia, motor coordination disorders
- Gross, fine and/or visual motor delays
- Giftedness and twice exceptionality
- Behavioral disorders
- Congenital disorders such as cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome
- Neurological conditions
- Traumatic brain injury
Contact us today to schedule an appointment or learn more about therapy services.