Pediatric occupational therapy helps your child develop the skills needed to perform daily occupations, which include play, self help skills (feeding, dressing), motor skills, and engagement/socialization with peers and caregivers. Areas addressed include motor skills, both small, such as towering blocks and large, such as walking; sensory processing skills, which is how the body takes information into the brain through our senses, organizes it and produces a response; self regulation; feeding skills; visual motor skills; and behavioral challenges which may be interfering with your child’s participation in everyday activities. The OT can also assist in making adaptations to the environment, including seating, splinting, and switches for toys, to improve independence and function in daily routines.
Our occupational therapists have extensive experience with sensory integration techniques and are trained to identify and treat sensory issues using the latest techniques. They are also trained to treat a variety of feeding disorders and issues, such as “picky-eaters”, texture sensitivities, and chewing and swallowing problems. Our occupational therapists will work closely with the family to identify why the child is struggling, address the underlying causes, and provide a variety of creative and motivating activities to improve the skills needed so they can be more successful with everyday tasks.