Occupational therapy Provides Comprehensive Evaluations and Habilitation Activities

Occupational therapists work with your child to maintain, improve, develop or restore abilities and functions. Each is trained to direct a child’s response to a specific activity or play to promote the development of individual skills. This can result in learning or developing through habilitation. If skills are lost, we help a child to redevelop and relearn these skills through rehabilitation.

The following skills are addressed, such as:

  • Sensory Integration/Neuro-Developmental Treatment facilitates the child’s ability to organize and process sensory input during meaningful activities, such as balance, body scheme, self-image, eye-hand coordination and motor planning
  • Oral-Motor Feeding/Swallowing involves initial sensory awareness or tolerance, then follow-up with biting, chewing and swallowing
  • Fine Motor Skills Assessment and Treatment involves the assessment and treatment of hand strength, grasp patterns, dexterities and the ability to use tools, such as computer keyboards, scissors and crayons
  • Visual Processing/Perception works the remediation of children with weak visual coordination, focus and processing
  • Activities of Daily Living includes feeding, toileting, dressing and other hygiene tasks

Our Professional Credentials 

Our occupational therapists hold either a Masters or Doctoral degree from an accredited occupational therapy program. Our occupational therapists must pass a national accreditation exam and attain a Florida state license. Continuing education is required for renewal of the Florida license every two years.

How We Determine Your Child Needs OT

Here are a few potential signs to look for:

  • Poor fine motor skills, such as inability to do simple age-appropriate tasks (using a spoon, holding a pencil correctly)
  • Extra sensitivity to smells, sounds, touch or tastes
  • Falls frequently, clumsy movement or poor coordination (running, skipping, jumping)
  • Avoids playground activities or being touched
  • Difficulty with daily living skills
  • Weak/poor muscle tone