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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a service that helps individuals achieve independence in their everyday life activities or “occupations”. In the pediatric setting, occupational therapists use their expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities. This typically includes: muscle strengthening, range of motion of the hands and body, work on bilateral coordination, motor planning, visual perception skills and visual motor skills. It also includes direct practice of the task, often with adaptations or modifications of the fine motor and self care tasks that are difficult for the individual child.


The following are general indicators that a child may benefit from an Occupational Therapy Evaluation and treatment:

  • Weak, stiff or uncoordinated movements
  • fine motor skills, awkward grasp or clumsy use of crayons, pencils, scissors or other tools and utensils
  • Absence of hand preference, after age 6
  • Attention and organizational problems with school tasks
  • Difficulties with social interaction
  • Difficulties with feeding, food aversions, or a very limited diet
  • Poor balance skills
  • Difficulty tolerating touch, such as brushing hair, or brushing teeth
  • Difficulties in sports, such as catching, or throwing a ball
  • Unable to ride a bicycle independently by age 8
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Frequent emotional outbursts or meltdowns in behavior
  • Balance, coping and regulation skills
  • Core strength for improved postural control
  • handwriting
  • self-help skills, such as feeding, dressing, and bathing
  • upper body strength and coordination and poor posture

DIAGNOSES TREATED WITH OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

- Asperger’s syndrome

- Autism Spectrum Disorders

- Cerebral Palsy and other neurological diagnoses

- Developmental disabilities

- Down syndrome and other genetic diagnoses

- Feeding difficulties

- Sensory processing disorders

- Traumatic Brain Injury

- Delays in fine motor and visual motor skills


Special Programs

- Handwriting Without Tears®

- Sensory Integration Therapy

- Therapeutic Listening


We also visit Mill Springs Academy, Porter School, St. Francis, and Alexsander Academy.

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