Occupational Therapy is all about helping children achieve their greatest level of independence in both the home and school environments. Our OT team is experienced in working with children aged 0-21 with a variety of diagnoses including: Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delays, Dysgraphia, Motor Incoordination, Hypotonia, Cerebral Palsy, Fine Motor Skill Delay, Handwriting Impairments, Visual-Perceptual Impairments, and Self-Regulation Difficulties. Our team creates individualized treatment plans, home programs, and fosters positive caregiver collaboration to help each child reach their goals. Areas of treatment include:
- Bilateral Coordination Skills
- Functional Tool Usage
- Object Manipulation
- Manual Dexterity
- Visual Motor and Visual Perceptual Skills
- Handwriting Development
- Strength and Coordination
- Fine Motor Skills
- Praxis (motor planning, sequencing, timing, feedback)
- Sensory Processing and Sensory Integration
- Sensory-Related Feeding Concerns
- Functional Skills for Activities of Daily Living
- Self-Regulation Skills
Therapeutic Listening is an auditory intervention that uses the organized sound patterns inherent in music to impact all levels of the nervous system. The program utilizes specific specially modulated music that provide graduated types of filtering and levels of complexity. Music is altered to elicit the orienting response which prepares the body for sustained attention and active listening. The emphasis of Therapeutic Listening is on blending sound intervention strategies with vestibular-proprioceptive, core development, and breath activities to sustain grounding and centering of the body and mind in space and time.
Our program is led by a certified provider who administers and maintains the Therapeutic Listening method. An initial assessment is required to assist the therapist in developing an appropriate, individualized listening plan. The therapist will monitor the listening program and make adjustments as needed. Consistency is critical in supporting effective outcomes.
Handwriting is the foundation for academic development and communication. We have Certified Handwriting Instructors who are able to determine the exact area of difficulty and help children learn that handwriting can be fun. We look at hand strength, coordination, object manipulation, fine motor control, grip and so much more.
If there is a loud noise coming from outside the window, how does our brain know whether this is a cause for panic or simply something to tune out. Or maybe we are feeling really anxious about a major life event coming up, how do we know what to do to calm down? We tap into our ability to integrate our sensory input also known as Sensory Integration (SI). Sensory Integration is the term we use to describe how our brains register the sensory input we are getting from the environment including the five classic senses of vision (sight), audition (hearing), tactile stimulation (touch), olfaction (smell), and gustation (taste). Occupational Therapists are uniquely trained to look at the interaction between these systems and determine what input your child may need to assist them in learning how to interact with their environment.
Children who lack the ability to integrate the senses, have difficulty with self regulation. These children may appear hyperactive, disorganized, lethargic or even moody. They may have difficulty attending to tasks, following instructions, tolerating frustration, or maintaining friendships. We implement the ALERT Program and the Zones of Regulation to assist each child in learning this vital skill set.