Occupational Therapy or OT is not just for adults and their jobs, a pediatric patient’s “job” of playing and learning are just as important to the child. An OT can evaluate a child’s skills for play activities, school performance and activities of daily living.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, in addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well being, OT practitioners address psychological, social and environmental factors that may hinder an individual’s functioning in different ways. This unique approach makes OT a vital part of health care for many children.

Our OT practice uses play activities to develop the following:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Posture muscle tone and balance
  • Body movement, awareness and scheme
  • Handwriting and hand-eye coordination
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Oral-motor skills
  • Sensory integration and praxis
  • Attention and arousal
  • Learning and school performance
  • Activities of daily living (feeding, toileting, dressing, grooming, mobility)
  • Social skills

Physical therapy addresses a patient’s problems resulting from injury, disease or congenital conditions, with a primary emphasis on movement. Our PT practice addresses improvement of the following:

  • Range of motion
  • Gross motor skills
  • Balance and strength
  • Coordination
  • Functional mobility and gait (walking)

Speech therapy addresses a patient’s ability to communicate. Our Speech Therapy practice addresses improvement of the following:

  • Expressive and receptive language disorders
  • Stuttering, voice problems, speech delay and other communication disorders
  • Cognitive skills (problem solving and reasoning)
  • Social skills (topic initiation and maintenance)
  • Feeding, swallowing and oral motor skills
  • Augmentative communication devices

Sensory Integration (SI) dysfunction refers to the body’s inability to properly take in and use sensory information. A child with an SI dysfunction has difficulty organizing sensory information to carry out everyday tasks, such as dressing, eating, or even playing. Some activities and social situations may be difficult for the children with SI dysfunction. For instance, they may dislike finger painting because they don’t like to get their hands wet or sticky. The child with SI dysfunction may get overwhelmed in large crowds due to the noise level and the number of people around. SI dysfunction can appear in any combination of the following senses: hearing, taste, smell, sight, touch or movement. At some point in our lives, most of us have difficulty processing sensory information; however, when it interferes with our ability to function in our daily lives, it can become a problem.

  • Improved gross motor skills
  • Improved fine motor skills
  • Improved ability to remain organized in a sensory rich environment
  • Improved ability to tolerate different tactile and auditory input
  • Improved ability to attend to tasks
  • Improved ability to follow directions

Feeding Therapy addresses a child’s inability to eat or a child’s adverse reaction to eating with the goal to improve overall nutrition.  Our therapists work with children who can’t eat, won’t eat, or are picky eaters.  Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties.

  • Improve amount of food intake
  • Improve a child’s willingness to feed
  • Increase food selectivity by type and/or texture
  • Improve oral motor deficits
  • Lessen food or swallowing phobias

Interactive Metronome is an intensive computer based program used to improve a child’s processing abilities which affects attention, motor planning, sensory processing and sequencing.

  • Improve independence with self-care activities
  • Improve performance in sports and leisure activities
  • Improve attention related to daily function
  • Improve academic performance and ability to follow directions
  • Improves self-esteem and social skills
  • Improve behavior, aggression and impulsivity

Our handwriting clinics address a child’s ability to write by improvement of the following:

  • Pencil grasp
  • Drawing shapes/pictures
  • Correct letter/number formation
  • Letter size
  • Line orientation
  • Increasing hand strength
  • Cursive