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What is Occupational Therapy?

A child’s life is made up of a variety of everyday activities such as playing, learning, and getting dressed. Occupational therapists help children perform every day activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues.

Occupational therapy may be needed if your child is experiencing difficulty with: 

fine motor skills

gross motor skills

Handwriting

motor control

hand-eye coordination

emotional reactivity

limited play skills

social development 

visual perception

picky eating

sensory input

falling

sitting still, attention, and/or behavior

independence in self-care skills

transitioning or accepting change in environment or routine

Coordination

Coordination is an important part of your child’s development. There are different types of coordination, including fine motor coordination (small movements of the hand), gross motor coordination (larger body movements), and motor planning (how the brain and body work together to create movement).

Sensory Processing 

Sensory Processing is how a person perceives information from their senses (sight, smell, sound, taste, touch, balance, body awareness). A child can be sensory seeking (need constant stimulation), sensory avoidant (have extreme or upsetting reactions to even very mild stimulation), or sensory challenged (difficulty detecting, interpreting, and recognizing the sensory input).

Social Emotional Development 

Social emotional development is important for developing positive relationships, behaving ethically, and handling challenging situations effectively. The specific skills that allow kids to function and complete daily occupations are those social emotional skills that help children to recognize and manage emotions, interact with others, think about their feelings and how they should act, and regulate behavior based on thoughtful decision making.

Cognition

Cognitive skills are the core skills your brain uses to think, read, learn, remember, reason, and pay attention. These crucial skills enable children to process sensory information and eventually learn to evaluate, analyze, remember, make comparisons and understand cause and effect. 

Strength

Strength is important to enable children to perform every day functions such as fine motor skills (e.g. holding a pencil appropriately, cleaning teeth), gross motor skills (e.g. carrying heavy school bags, walking, running, skipping, playground skills such as climbing, and sporting skills such as  catching, throwing and hitting a ball with a bat). 

Visual Motor Integration

Visual Motor Integration involves effective, efficient communication between the eyes and the hands, so that a child is able to copy, draw or write what they see. Children who struggle to integrate or coordinate their visual systems and their motor systems may struggle with handwriting as well as with other school skills.

Self-care

Pediatric self care skills refer to the everyday activities of daily living (ADL’s) that children undertake in order to participate in life activities.

Some examples of pediatric self care skills include getting dressed, eating, brushing teeth, brushing hair​, bathing, using the toilet, etc.

Common Diagnoses We Treat:

  • ADD

  • ADHD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Brachial Plexus

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Childhood Stroke

  • Cognitive Disorders

  • Constipation

  • Delayed Milestones

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder

  • Developmental Delays

  • Down Syndrome

  • Epilepsy

  • Failure to Thrive

  • Feeding Difficulties

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

  • Fine Motor Delays

  • Generalized Weakness

  • Genetic/Chromosomal Disorders

  • Global Developmental Delays

  • Hemiparesis

  • High Muscle Tone

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Low Muscle Tone

  • Mitochondrial Disorder

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1

  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Post-Surgical Needs

  • Prematurity

  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder

  • Seizure Disorders

  • Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

  • Specific Learning Impairments (SLI)

  • Spina Bifida

  • Spinal Cord Injury

  • Static Encephalopathy

  • Stroke/Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)

  • Torticollis

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

  • Upper Extremity Deformities

  • Vestibular Problems

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