Our Occupational Therapists work with families to assist children to learn functional skills. These include the attention; self-regulation; self-care skills (feeding independence, brushing hair, brushing teeth, dressing, and bathing). Occupational therapists also work on the development of eye-hand skills, oral skills for eating; coordination of the whole body during movement of their body, visual motor skills, handwriting and anything else that would be a child's "job".
Occupational Therapy for Kids
Assess and treat sensory processing disorders.
Improve upper extremity muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination, fine motor abilities and function.
Address self care skills
Recommend strategies for managing decreased or emerging function and movement which may include assistive equipment.
Work on social and peer interaction skills
Collaborate with caregivers and child to create effective carry-over from the occupational therapy clinic to home.
Sensory Integration is the ability to take in information through the senses of touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, hearing, and to combine the resulting perceptions with prior information, memories, and knowledge already stored in the brain.
Sensory Integration Therapy is usually performed by Occupational Therapists. They assess developmental levels and determine whether sensory-motor processing is impaired. Sensory Integration Therapy looks like play, because play is the child’s way of learning and developing. Activities are carefully chosen to stimulate development in deficient areas. Children with lower sensitivity (hyposensitivity) may be exposed to strong sensations such as stroking with a brush, vibrations or rubbing. Play may involve a range of materials to stimulate the senses such as play dough or finger painting. Children with heightened sensitivity (hypersensitivity) may be exposed to peaceful activities including quiet music and gentle rocking in a softly lit room.