Occupational Therapy

What We Do

Our hands-on collaborative approach has helped hundreds of children meet their occupational goals and set them up for success. We look forward to partnering with you to support your child to reach his/her highest speech and language potential!

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a rehabilitative field that helps people who may have challenges or something standing in their way to perform their daily activities so that they can function optimally. In pediatric occupational therapy, occupations refer to all the activities that occupy and give meaning to a child’s life, climbing, catching a ball, writing their name, cutting with a scissor or tying their shoes. The occupational therapist evaluates the child’s fine motor, visual perceptual, sensory processing, gross motor and social skills. Therapy sessions use play to help children improve their skills for greater success at home, in school, and on the playground.

Our goal is to build upon your child’s strengths to promote further independence in daily activities of life, thus empowering every child step by step. We take a holistic approach in evaluating your child to understand how occupational therapy can most positively impact their life.

​In conjunction with their caregivers, teachers and health practitioners, we will take part in connecting the dots and determining a treatment plan that can address the immediate as well as long term needs of every child.

Occupational Therapy Addresses the Following:

  • Strength and Endurance Training

  • Joint range of motion and soft tissue mobilizations

  • Musculoskeletal alignment/Postural control

  • Handwriting skills

  • Fine motor skills – cutting, coloring, self feeding, etc.

  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)

  • Coordination and motor planning exercises (how your child can plan and execute motor movements)

  • Assisting with Sensory Processing

  • Identifying and assisting Fine Motor Delays

  • Proprioception and body awareness (how your child moves in space and adapts to different environments)

  • Sensory integration

  • Assistance with emotional development

  • Use of Kinesiotaping, Theratogs, Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation

  • Assistance with Cognitive Disorders

  • Spinal Cord Injuries rehabilitation and treatment

  • Assistance with Picky Eating

  • Splinting/casting

Who can benefit from OT service?

Any toddler, child, teen or adult who is experiencing sensory issues or developmental delays that interfere with his/her daily functioning.

How long is treatment?

The length of time a child is in therapy is dependent on the child’s particular needs and the follow through at home

How can I make sure my child gets the most out of therapy?

Parent and/or caregiver involvement is a critical part of treatment. In order to reinforce progress made during the OT sessions, a home program, specifically designed for your child by the occupational therapist, should be diligently followed.

What is Sensory processing?

In order for children to successfully interact with their environment and move through space in an alert and organized manner they must be able to continually receive, interpret, and organize sensory information to produce appropriate responses. The ability to make sense of the world around them and function appropriately throughout the day is dependent on proper Neural-wiring and processing of sensory input from the auditory (sound), visual (sight), gustatory (taste), tactile (touch), vestibular (balance/movement), and proprioceptive (muscle/joint) senses.

What is Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD)?

The nervous system is unable to properly process or organize sensory information. SPD can affect all areas of life: fine and gross motor development, including self-help, visual perception, behavior, socialization, and speech. A child with SPD may struggle with daily tasks such as writing, putting on a jacket, following a teacher’s directions in a busy, noisy classroom, taking a bath or shower, playing on the playground. These seemingly simple tasks can be extremely challenging, frustrating, and scary for a child with SPD.

What is Sensory Integrative Therapy?

Children are provided with the correct amount, intensity and type of sensory input their nervous system needs to function properly. When the nervous system is processing information correctly the child is then able to produce appropriate responses. The therapist guides the child through activities that are specifically designed to provide sensory input that will challenge the child at his/her respective level. Sensory integrative therapy leads to improved behavior, skills, competence, and confidence.

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