Occupational therapy helps people of
all ages become more successful and independent in their daily
occupations. A child's daily occupations revolve around play, learning,
and self-care (including dressing, grooming and eating).
Occupational therapists (OTs) working with children use purposeful, child-directed activities to create a 'just-right' challenge to help children improve the sensory and motor abilities necessary for skill development.
Activities are carefully selected to balance what the child has mastered while incorporating work on the areas that may be more challenging for the child. Some specific areas that OTs address with children include sensory processing, focus and attention, fine motor and gross motor skills, handwriting, visual perceptual skills, and self care skills.
Therapeutic Listening® is an evidence-backed protocol that combines a sound-based intervention with sensory integrative activities to create a comprehensive program that is effective for diverse populations with sensory challenges.
Hand Writing Without Tears is a multi-sensory research-based handwriting approach and curriculum that includes worksheets, manipulative exercises, and computer apps. Developed by occupational therapist Jan Olsen, this easy to learn and teach, developmentally appropriate program is useful for students from preschool through 5th grade. Last year, more than three million students learned to write successfully using Handwriting Without Tears. (HWT)
The Alert Program: is an innovative program by Mary Sue Williams & Sherry Shellenberger that supports children's alertness and self regulation. The Alert Program, "How Does Your Engine Run," can be used individually or in groups to develop "sensory diets" - routine schedules of sensory based activities to obtain the just right level of engagement. (Alert Program)
Kinesiotaping: is an elastic therapeutic tape that is applied over muscles and joints to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain, optimize performance, prevent injury, and promote improved circulation and healing. Utilized with children to promote grasp, improve hemiplegic limb function, support weak joints due to arthritis or congenital abnormalities, and much more. (Theratape)
Occupational Therapy is a holistic profession that focuses on everyday skills and the impact of various challenges on activities of daily living. (http://www.aota.org/Consumers.aspx) Activities of daily living encompass many areas including; dressing, bathing, eating/feeding, communication, movement skills, drawing and writing, and leisure activities. Occupational Therapists (OTs) address self care skills, fine motor, visual perception and visual motor integration, cognition, communication, behavior and sensory integration. Children learn through play, and appropriate therapeutic activities are selected for each individual to achieve their goals, improve quality of life, and meet the unique challenges of living life to its fullest. Independent function can be influenced by conditions such as: autism, ADHD, seizure disorders, learning or developmental delays, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, arthritis, brain injury and stroke, among others. Please contact us for medically based occupational therapy services. We hope to support your home, school, and everyday life activities. A physician referral is required prior to occupational therapy evaluation.
Medically Based OT: Anthem Blue Cross Clinical Guidelines
Sensory Integration: SPD Foundation
Sensory Diet: What is a Sensory Diet?