Occupational therapists help children develop the necessary skills to increase independence when participating in age appropriate activities at home and in school.
Skills such as fine motor skills, visual motor skills, self-help skills including dressing, feeding, and grooming, motor planning, play skills, social skills, sensory processing, strength, and coordination are fundamental components required for children to successfully participate in their roles and occupations within their environments. Success in completing independent tasks can also help to increase a child’s confidence. When these skills are negatively impacted a child may have difficulty with functional participation in age-appropriate activities.
Children learn from their environment by engaging in play activities. Occupational therapists use their unique skills to develop purposeful and motivating activities to engage children in tasks to increase following directions, attention skills, problem-solving, handwriting, core strength, posture, upper body strength, and endurance. Occupational therapy helps children function better physically, emotionally, academically, and socially in their daily lives.
Occupational therapy at our clinic may consist of:
- Assessment and treatment of fine motor skills, sensory processing difficulties, motor planning, visual motor skills, visual perception, and motor coordination.
- Upper extremity and core strengthening
- Therapeutic Listening TM (Frick) and Samona TM listening programs
- Therapy focused on sensory regulation and sensory diets
- Visual-motor and visual perceptual processing deficits
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Myofascial Release Therapy
- Training in self-help skills such as feeding, dressing, and grooming
- Interactive Metronome TM
- Handwriting intervention Programs
Indicators for Occupational Therapy Evaluation:
- Child is demonstrating hypersensitivity to sounds, smells, clothing or visual stimuli
- Child is having trouble dressing themselves by 28-32 months
- Child is experiencing difficulty with hand-eye coordination