What is occupational therapy?
Pediatric occupational therapists help children participate in daily life activities or “occupations.” These routines include play, rest and sleep, activities of daily living (self care), education, and social participation. The areas assessed and treated in occupational therapy may include regulation of arousal level in order to attend, refinement of sensory discrimination and processing, continual refinement and development of fine motor skills (including handwriting), age appropriate self-care skills, self concept, and cognitive functions. We provide the following treatments/services:
- Treatment for Autism and pervasive developmental disorders
- Sensory integration
- Strength and conditioning, range of motion, and coordination
- Fine motor skills
- Feeding and oral motor skills
- Visual-motor and visual perceptual abilities
- Treatment for cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome or other congenital syndromes
- Treatment for brachial plexus injury
- Treatment for brain injuries and hemiplegia
What is Integrated Listening System?
Integrated Listening System is a multi-sensory program designed to improve brain function. It is an enjoyable activity or “exercise” which can be customized for all ages and skill levels for implementation in the clinic, at school, or at home.
Integrated listening programs improve emotional regulation while training the brain to process sensory information. With improved regulation and processing, our ability to focus, think, and engage successfully in social situations also improves.
What can I expect at an occupational therapy evaluation?
The evaluation usually takes about an hour, but time varies depending on the age of the child and the areas being assessed. The evaluation may include assessment of your child’s:
Fine Motor Development – Possibly including standardized testing
Sensory processing – The way the body takes in and processes information and includes the five sensory systems: visual (how your child processes what he sees), auditory (how your child processes what he hears), tactile (how your child processes what he touches), vestibular (how your child processes himself in motion), and proprioceptive (how your child processes his actual movement)
Postural and upper body strength and endurance
Motor planning/coordination – The way your child can plan and make movements
Self regulation – The way your child calms himself
Visual – motor skills – Can include handwriting and cutting with scissors
Visual – perceptual – Can include upper extremity use, strength, range of motion, and using both hands together (bilateral skills)
Observation of play skills
Assessment of self care skills (dressing, bathing, feeding)
What do I need to do before my child’s occupational therapy evaluation?
After your child’s doctor refers your child for an occupational therapy evaluation, complete the pediatric case history form and bring it with you to your appointment. Arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete other necessary paperwork. Dress your child in comfortable clothing.
What should I expect at a therapy session?
Therapy sessions are typically 30-45 minutes in length, with 25-40 minutes of direct therapy and the remaining 5 minutes for parent education and documentation. We provide parents with tips and suggestions for home practice, and listen to caregiver concerns and questions each week. We often utilize our sensory gym, ipads, and our vast supply of therapeutic toys/books/games to make our therapy as fun and effective as possible.