Occupational Therapy    

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Child exercising with young therapist during occupational therapy
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what is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists work with children who have challenges with fully participating in normal daily activities. Those challenges may be due to developmental delay, sensory processing difficulties, ADD/HD, autism spectrum  disorders, chromosomal differences, injury, trauma, and many others.

 

Occupational therapists evaluate children to assess areas of difficulty as well as strengths, and treat the child based on his or her specific needs.

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benefits  of occupational therapy

  • Promotes independence and self-confidence                         

  • Reduces frustration behaviors                             

  • Helps organizational skills                                     

  • Strengthens bilateral coordination skills and postural control                                   

  • Improves social interaction skills

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Areas of potential assessment &

treatment include:

  • Sensory Processing Disorder  

  • TBI

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders

  • Torticollis

  • Status Post Surgery

  • Developmental Disabilities / Pervasive

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Fluency (i.e., stuttering)

  • Apraxia and Dysarthria

  • Phonological Disorders

  • ADD/ADHD

  • Oral Motor and Feeding Difficulties

  • Fine or Gross Motor Delay

  • Handwriting Deficits

  • Eye-hand Coordination Deficits

  • Bilateral Coordination Impairments

  • Injury and Trauma

  • Chromosome Differences

  • Neurologic Disorders 

treatment   intervention

Interventions for infants, toddlers, and young children address motor developmental milestones; learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions; developing the ability to eat, drink, and dress independently; learning to cope with disappointment or failure; reducing extraneous environmental stimuli; building skills for sharing, taking turns, and playing with peers; and participating in age appropriate daily routines.

Interventions for older children and teens includes items such as adapting or modifying the environment, or activities to support participation in routines and learning activities; navigating more complex social relationships; strengthening self-determination and decision making skills, and enhancing overall independence; helping with vocational planning and transitions, including executive functioning and independent living skills.

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Family involvement

Our team  of dedicated pediatric Occupational Therapists collaborate with parents/caregivers and other professionals to identify and meet the needs of children experiencing delays or challenges in development; teaching and modeling skills and strategies to children and their families, to extend all aspects of daily life tasks; and adapting activities, materials, and environmental conditions so children can participate.