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:
- 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
- Handwriting Without Tears®
- Sensory Integration Therapy
- Therapeutic Listening
We also visit Mill Springs Academy, Porter School, St. Francis, and Alexsander Academy.