Occupational Therapy

10307428_223677857843161_4320433653298140964_nOccupational Therapy (OT) is a treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. It offers individuals a fun, positive way to improve their cognitive, physical and motor skills. It also helps improve self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.

A child’s “occupation” is what occupies their time. Thus, OT helps children with activities of daily living (ADLs) such as getting along with others, school performance, learning and playing. OT helps children overcome physical, psychosocial and environmental factors which may be hindering their progress.

Occupational Therapists work with people that have had birth injuries/defects, sensory processing issues, learning problems, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, developmental delays, behavior problems, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and other chronic illnesses.

An OT will evaluate and then set goals with you and your child and then provide treatment. Occupational Therapists also provide consultative services which you may schedule through the office.

Children who receive Occupational Therapy can benefit from:

  • Improved motor skills both gross and fine motor
  • Improved cognitive issues such as attention, sequencing, problem-solving, active listening and perception
  • Treatment to manage input from the environment through their senses (sensory integration) such as brushing and joint compression
  • Strategies to improve handwriting skills
  • Strategies to improve hygiene and other activities of daily living (ADLs) such as doing chores and handwriting skills, improved social thinking to help with relationship development and transitions
  • Strategies to manage frustration and emotions
  • Evaluation to locate adaptive and/or specialized equipment for improved functioning
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Our Occupational Therapist specialize in the following:

  • Rachel Allen-McHugh-Sensory Integration, Infant massage, Samonas, Therapeutic listening, Handwriting Without Tears, Astronaut program, Beckman oral motor, MORE oral motor program, Alert program, and Floor time.
  • Gloria Clark-Infant massage, Sensory Integration & Praxis Test treatment, Neuro-developmental treatment, Feeding and Swallowing skills, SOS approach (Toomey), Food chaining, Food refusal, Handwriting Without Tears, Myo-Facial release, Cranial-Sacral therapy.

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