What is Occupational Therapy?
As Occupational Therapists (OTs) our primary focus is to maximize a person(s) independence with their "occupations" or their activities of daily living while helping with their daily routine to ensure that the child is optimizing throughout their day.
Some of the areas of occupation that we focus on include but are not limited to:
What is the Occupational Therapy Process?
After a referral, we will schedule an appointment to perform an Evaluation
Develop a customized treatment plan based on realistic, evidence based goals
We offer clinical based, telehealth*, or home health* treatments in order to achieve the tailored goals
Monitor Progress and Update goals, Perform Reevaluation, or discharge when it is possible to graduate from services
* Restrictions may apply
When should I reach out to an Occupational Therapist?
You should likely involve an Occupational Therapist if your child has concerns in any of the following areas:
Gross motor: Poor balance, weak core, poor upper and lower body coordination, difficulty with maintaining posture, fatigues easily, has a difficult time with navigating the environment if obstacles are around.
Sensory Processing/Behaviors: Has poor regulation, difficulty with transitions, aggressive behaviors, appears clumsy, poor attention, sleep disturbances, poor body awareness, difficulty with making friends, tantrums and meltdowns.
Oral Motor/Feeding: Prolonged eating, loses liquid when drinking, fussy during meal times, refuses to eat, eats fast, coughing, choking or appears stressed during meal times, difficulty with nursing and or bottle feeding, limited acceptance of different textures.
Fine Motor/Visual Motor: Difficulty with grasping, unable to tie shoes, unable to manipulate blocks or puzzles, poor hand writing skills, unable to pinch small items, difficulty with copying simple shapes or other sentences, unable to hold scissors or other utensils.
Activities of Daily Living (ADLs/IADLs): Teeth Brushing, Hair Brushing, Hand Washing, Dressing, General Hygiene, Toileting, Washing Face, Meal Preparation, Safety in Community, Appropriate Social Interaction, Social Participation, Sweeping/Cleaning, Bathing
(This is a general list. Always reach out to a professional if you have any concerns even if it is not listed)
Does My Child Qualify for OT?
Many children can qualify for OT services. In fact, Occupational Therapists are able to offer services to any child that either has a diagnosis or disorder that is causing some sort of impairment in their daily life or is simply struggling with certain aspects of their daily life.
We are able to provide therapy services for the below concerns and more:
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Picky Eating/Oral Motor Delays