Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of an Occupational Therapist (OT) is to help to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life by:

  • Carefully designing sequences of activities to help build strength and coordination in order to increase the ability to complete activities more independently
  • Modifying the environment to increase the ability to participate when physical limitation exists
  • Adapting activities to better support participation

Occupational therapy for kids can help children achieve independence in all areas of their lives. Children learn best in a supportive environment where their interests are engaged and where they can experience and be rewarded for success. Our therapists use motivating and fun activities to encourage children, capture their interests, and provide successful and motivating experiences in order to help children to improve cognitive, physical, and motor skills and to enhance their self-esteem. We use a family-centered, goal-oriented plan of rehabilitation to provide for the best outcome for each child.

Our Occupational Therapists are also experts in the area of sensory integration treatment. Skilled Occupational Therapists can treat sensory processing deficits which can be associated with some learning, attention, coordination and behavioral problems.

Occupational therapy focuses on the development of life skills that enable children to function purposefully within their environment. This can include (but is not limited to) development in the areas of:

  • Fine Motor Skills
    • Grasping skills
    • Object manipulation
  • ADLs (activities of daily living)
    • Feeding
    • Dressing
    • Bathing
    • Toileting
    • Grooming
  • Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Visual-Motor Skills – coordination of eyes and hands for:
    • Writing
    • Throwing
    • Catching
    • Using both hands together
  • Upper Body Strength and Endurance
  • Splinting and Positioning
  • Sensory Processing Skills

Common Conditions Leading to Occupational Therapy

  • Developmental Delay
  • Burns
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Neuromuscular conditions
  • Neurologic conditions
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cancer
  • Autism
  • Amputations/limb deficiency
  • Feeding/eating disorders
  • Hand function disorders
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Brachial plexus injury

Experienced Therapists with Training in:

Sensory Diets are a carefully designed, personalized activity schedule that provides needed sensory input to the nervous system in order to help a child stay focused and organized throughout the day.

Sensory Integration

Sensory Integration Therapy is used to treat individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) which occur when there is an inability of the brain to correctly process information brought in by the senses. It can affect coordination, learning, attention, behavior, emotional tone, and self-esteem. Children with SPD are often overly sensitive to sensory stimuli, under-responsive to sensory stimuli or fluctuate depending upon the situation or environment. Some children appear inattentive, overly sensitive to smells or unexpected touch, resist new situations, or appear uncoordinated. Successful treatment requires a specific approach and appropriate equipment. Our suspended equipment, weighted garments and other specialized tools offer treatment options that are highly effective for children with these disorders.

Our experienced staff are experts in the assessment and treatment of children with sensory processing deficits.

 

 

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