What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy supports motor, sensory, cognitive, emotional and social development through meaningful therapeutic activities. 

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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy can enhance functional performance within the following areas:

  •  Gross Motor Coordination
  • Self-regulation 
  • Body Awareness 
  • Sensitivities to Stimuli (Visual, Auditory, Oral, Touch, Movement)
  • Social Skills
  •  Engagement and Attention 
  • Functional Communication and Social Interaction 
  • Problem-Solving Skills 
  • Motor Planning and Sequencing
  •  Functional Toy Play
  • Pretend Play and Symbolic Thinking Behavioral Challenges 
  • Self-Coping Skills
  • Range of Motion 
  • Muscle Tone and Strength 
  • Endurance 
  • Balance   
  • Functional Mobility
  • Self-care Skills (feeding, dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting)  
  • Play Skills  
  • Fine Motor Coordination (grasp, manipulation)  
  • Perceptual Motor Skills (Puzzles, Scissor skills) 
  •  Self-Regulation 
  •  Attention/Focus  
  • Cognitive re-training  
  • Emotional challenges


Occupational Therapy Evaluation 

 

An occupational therapy evaluation is administered by our occupational therapist. During the evaluation, the occupational therapist will assess the child's current functional status in the areas above. Together with the child and family, a treatment plan is developed with short-term and long-term goals to improve targeted skills and functional limitations. The frequency and duration of occupational therapy are also determined during the evaluation. The OT evaluation will last 60 minutes.   



Occupational Therapy Sessions 


Occupational Therapy sessions are performed by the occupational therapist. The sessions are used to address the goals developed within the OT evaluation. The therapist provides one-on-one direct treatment integrating therapeutic activities to enhance progress. Parental education and a comprehensive home program are also provided to support the carryover of skills to the home and community. Each OT session is 50 minutes in duration.

Diagnoses

Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD/ADD, Developmental delays, Autisim Spectrum Disorder, Physical disabilities, Ataxia, Dyspraxia, Cerebellar Disorders, Concussion, Seizure disorder, Mental and emotional disorders, Anxiety disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Eating disorders.