Occupational Therapy

What is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist?
This therapist, simply known as an OTR, works with a child individually to prevent, improve, develop, or restore that child’s abilities and functions. The occupational therapist is trained to direct the child’s response to a specific activity or play to promote the development of individual skills. These skills can either be not previously learned or developed, resulting in learning and developing through habilitation; or they can be lost skills, and the child has to redevelop and relearn this skills through rehabilitation.

Here are some of the disorders in infants, toddlers and children that an OTR is trained to treat:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Learning Disorders
  • Premature Infants
  • Spina Bifida
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Treatment is rendered through:
Comprehensive evaluation of:

  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills associated with handwriting
  • Independent living skills / play & leisure skills

Individualized intervention designed to facilitate:

  • Fine & gross motor skill development.
  • Integration of visual motor skills
  • Skills associated with independence in activities of daily living
  • Normal development of play through sensorimotor experiences

Occupational Therapist Pin-pointed Training:

Sensory Integration/Neuro-Developmental Treatment: Facilitating the child's ability to organize and process sensory input during meaningful activities. [balance, body scheme, self image, eye-hand coordination, and motor planning]

Oral-Motor Feeding/Swallowing: First, sensory awareness or tolerance, then followed up with biting, chewing and swallowing.

Fine Motor Skills: Assessment and treatment of hand strengths, grasp patterns, hands strengths, dexterities and the ability to use tools such as scissors and crayons, and computer keyboards. Also deals with feeding, toileting and dressing.

Visual Processing/Perception: Remediation of children with weak visual coordination, focus and processing.

Occupational therapists use a variety of treatments to help children reach their full potential. Some typical treatments include:

  • Cognitive training
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Sensory integration
  • Behavioral training
  • Strengthening
  • Fine-motor skill training
  • Splinting

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Occupational Therapy?
Here are a few potential signs that indicate that your child may need occupational therapy services:

  • Poor fine motor skills
  • Extra sensitive to smells, sounds, touch or tastes
  • Clumsy movement / Poor coordination
  • Avoids being touched
  • Avoids playground activities
  • Falls frequently
  • Has difficulty with daily living skills
  • Difficulty running, skipping or jumping
  • Weak / poor muscle tone

Please feel free to contact us to like to discuss if occupational therapy is appropriate for your child.