PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES
Occupational therapists offer a wide range of treatment options for all developmental or functional concerns.
Read on for examples of areas we can support during therapy!
Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of activities to help children of all ages and abilities gain or re-gain every day skills - playing, eating, writing, dressing, etc. OT's are excellent problem solvers and are an essential part of any developmental team.
Does my child need
If your child is struggling to function in any area of life, an evaluation will give you all the information you need to decide if OT services are right for him/her.
Do kids have an
The primary occupation of children is PLAY! An occupation is any meaningful activity that occupies one's time. School, self-care, chores, and play are all activities that are an important part of being a kid.
if they don't have jobs?
PRIMITIVE REFLEX INTEGRATION
It can be hard to watch your child struggle with reading, writing, or even emotional regulation. Retained primitive reflexes can be a simple reason for continued dysfunction or delays.
If handwriting is your main concern, a combination of approaches may be best to improve this important skill. We build the just-right combination of strengthening, coordination, reflex work, and visual perception activities into treatment sessions. Your child will be less resistant to writing (and his teacher will be thrilled, too)!
SENSORY INTEGRATION TECHNIQUES
If you have a nervous system, you have sensory needs - that means everyone! But when your child's sensory needs are impacting his ability to function during the day, it may be time to find some sensory strategies to bring some balance back.
OCULAR MOTOR TESTING
If your eyes don't work well together, any activity can be challenging! Making sure your child's eye muscles are strong and coordinated enough to support their academics is an important part of the evaluation and treatment process.
DAILY LIVING SKILLS
Sometimes our kids struggle with daily skills like dressing, eating, brushing teeth, or bathing. Occupational therapists are trained to break down motor skills and identify the exact challenge that the child is having with the skill. Video modeling is one way we help teach your child a new motor skill!
How can OT's help improve your child's behavior? Lots of coaching for you! We also use a blend of self-regulation strategies, sensory work, and co-regulation to teach the skills that your child has not yet developed. We believe that kids do well when they can!