Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

Acquiring or reacquiring skills needed to perform daily life activities or “occupations” is what occupational therapy helps children do. Our therapists focus on a child’s primary occupation, which is play. Some other occupations include developmentally appropriate activities such as sitting, stacking blocks, eating a snack, getting dressed and drawing a picture.

Our therapeutic approach

OTs use their background and experience to determine the underlying difficulties impacting the success and independence of such occupations. By following the child’s lead, our therapist’s create challenges appropriate for each child. Parents and guardians are included from first evaluation, treatment planning, and working with their children for the most optimal outcome.

Areas addressed by our occupational therapists

  • Fine motor development: range of motion, strength, grasp, and dexterity
  • Bilateral coordination: using both sides of the body at the same time
  • Visual motor skills: visual skills, visual perceptual skills and motor skills
  • Core muscle strength: development of torso muscles to stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body. Poor posture can develop through decreased core strength, thus impacting fine motor development
  • Upper extremity use (range of motion, strength, and coordination): skills necessary for childhood occupations such as feeding, getting dressed, and handwriting
  • Sensory processing abilities: how to process the way a child reacts to what they hear, feel, taste, etc
  • Motor planning abilities: working on the ability to plan and sequence the correct movements to meet demands of tasks
  • Handwriting: a complex skill that incorporates various different visual skills, coordination, motor planning, hand and core strength, and sensory processing skills
  • Self-help skills related to dressing, grooming, and feeding: address the skills that impact independence such as attention, hand strength, visual motor skills, sensory processing and motor planning
  • Executive functioning: organization, sequencing, initiation, and attention
  • Adaptive equipment needs: evaluating your child’s need for specialized equipment such as feeding utensils, splints, bathing equipment, etc.

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

Your child might need occupational therapy if they:

  • Avoid fine motor tasks or experience difficulty and frustration
  • Have difficulty with learning tasks while playing with toys or at the playground
  • Are bothered by sensory input from touch, texture, sound, taste and movement
  • Demonstrate decreased reactions/limited awareness or seek excessive touch, sound, taste & movement experiences
  • Have difficulty with handwriting
  • Have trouble using utensils to eat with
  • Consume a very limited diet or demonstrate food aversions
  • Have trouble getting clothes and shoes on and/or off
  • Have difficulty sustaining attention to appropriate tasks for their age

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