Occupational Therapy

Therapy to help children improve skills for everyday life tasks

 

What Does An Occupational Therapist Do?

How Do I Know If My Child Needs Occupational Therapy?

How Does Always Keep Progressing Help My Child?

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Occupational Therapy 

Introduction

Occupational therapy refers to therapy that helps children of all ages to develop and improve the skills necessary to engage in everyday life activities, otherwise known as “occupations”.

These occupations help them to participate in their everyday habits, routines, school environment, work environment or community. For the pediatric population, their main occupation is PLAY!

Occupational therapy centers around play to promote independence for activities of daily living, such as getting dressed everyday, eating, bathing, transferring, toileting, personal hygiene, etc.

What Does An Occupational Therapist Do?

An occupational therapist (OT) is a highly trained healthcare professional, who is licensed to evaluate and treat infants, children, adolescents and young adults who have disabilities or difficulty participating in their “occupations” or everyday life activities. For children, their “occupation” includes playing, learning, going to school, and other activities of daily living. For the young adult, this could include participating in school, community, or the workplace.

An occupational therapist specializes in treating the following areas:

  • Fine motor/bilateral coordination skills
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
  • Self care skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Handwriting skills
  • Attention/executive functioning
  • Social/pragmatic skills
  • Visual motor/visual perceptual skills
  • Self regulation skills
  • Cognitive skills
  • Play skills
  • Sensory integration/motor planning

How Do I Know If My child Needs Support?

Some children have difficulties mastering skills that allow them to play appropriately, develop essential life skills, and do things independently. If your child is experiencing issues with fine or gross motor skills, sensory processing, visual-perceptual skills, etc., he/she may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy. What does this all mean?

 

  • Delay in fine motor skills: Some children struggle with tasks that require dexterity, control, and strength of the hand muscles, i.e. using scissors, drawing, using utensils, stringing beads, writing.
  • Delay in gross motor skills: Some children struggle with tasks involving the major muscle groups. This could lead to issues with balance, strength, endurance, coordination, which affects their ability to walk, jump, hop, play catch, or climb stairs.
  • Sensory processing issues: Children who have sensory processing disorders can also benefit from pediatric occupational therapy. Common signs that your child may need occupational therapy include overreacting to sounds, touch, taste, or smells, or displaying under-sensitivity (i.e. seeking out sensations and touching everything constantly).

What Do Occupational Therapists Help?

Occupational therapists work with the following diagnoses:

 

  • Sensory integrative dysfunction
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Fine motor delays
  • Gross motor delays
  • Down syndrome
  • Hypotonia
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Brachial Plexus injury
  • Genetic disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Limited independence with self-care
  • skills
    And much more!

How Can Always Keep Progressing Help My Child?

Many children can benefit from occupational therapy. Our bilingual, trained, and licensed occupational therapists specialize in pediatrics and service individuals with:

 

  • Birth injuries or defects
  • Hand injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism spectrum disorder/pervasive developmental disorders
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Sensory processing disorders

What’s next 

What Do I Do If I Think My Child Needs Support?

Firstly, we want to assure you that there is no need to worry. We are here to guide you through every step of the way and help you to find the support that your child needs! If you feel that your child is in need of our services, you will follow four major steps: book a free consultation, complete the intake form, schedule the initial evaluation, and schedule treatment sessions.

Each step of this process is very important, and can get complicated when using insurance. We specialize in working with insurance, and are here to walk you through the process and make things as easy and pain-free as possible!

Of course, if you are opting to use private pay, these steps will be simplified.

1. Consultation

You can book a free consultation with one of our occupational therapy specialists or trained professionals by clicking the button in the top right corner ! A consultation consists of listening to your concerns, getting some information about payments/insurance plans, and walking you through next steps. Most of the time, we can complete the consultation with you right then and there!
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2. Intake Form

 Complete our intake form and provide us with a detailed case history. Usually, we are able to complete the intake form with you during our consultation call. This information allows us to secure your child’s spot, create your child’s profile in our system, and helps the occupational therapists to prepare for the right evaluation materials for your child.

3. Evaluation

Once we have verified your insurance and received necessary documents, such as a doctor’s referral order (some insurances require authorization for evaluations, and some don’t), you will be all set to start! Our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will contact you right away to schedule your initial evaluation based on your availability. Following the evaluation, we will formulate a personalized plan of care and call/meet with you to define your child’s goals and type/duration/frequency of treatment.

3. Treatment

Once all documents are in place and your insurance approves services, our scheduling coordinator and administrative staff will call to schedule treatment sessions at times that suit you and begin your child’s journey towards success!

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