~ Physical Therapy
~ Speech & Language Therapy
~ Special Instruction
~ Family Training
~ Parent-Child Group
~ Early Intervention Services
Occupational Therapy is the use of purposeful activities to help children achieve independence in all areas of their lives. It helps children develop "skills for the job of living". A child’s "occupation" is to play, learn and perform self help skills such as eating, dressing and bathing.
Occupational Therapists help children to improve their functional skills related to coordination of movement, fine motor skills and self help skills such as bathing dressing and self feeding.
Some of the activities an OT might do with a child are:
- Assist parents with babies who have feeding difficulties such as sucking from a bottle, eating from a spoon, transitioning to solids or feeding themselves.
- Work with children to develop fine motor skills needed to play with toys, learn to write or feed themselves.
- Work with children who show signs of sensory processing disorders such as avoiding touch, being overly active or have difficulty adapting to new situations.
- Work with children whose motor development is compromised by high or low muscle tone or physical deformity.