Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy targets development of motor, sensory, and social skills needed for optimum independence in self-care, play, community, and school activities. OT helps to improve the following:

  • Fine motor (i.e., handwriting)
  • Visual motor skills (i.e., throwing a ball at a target)
  • Strength and endurance
  • Activities of daily living (i.e., dressing, feeding self)
  • Play skills targeting engagement and relating
  • Social/emotional development
  • Attention span and Regulation
  • Organization
  • Coordination
  • Body/spatial awareness
  • Self esteem

When sensory processing dysfunction limits development, occupational therapy uses specialized interventions to help the child with regulation and integration of sensory information from such systems as the auditory(listening), tactile (touch), proprioceptive (sense of one's body and position) and vestibular (sense of movement and of gravity). Our occupational therapists have advanced training and expertise in Therapeutic Listening, NeuroDevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Processing treatments, Sensory Integration, Autism - DIR/Floortime, as well as manual therapies.

Possible signs that your child could benefit from occupational therapy at our sensory gym:

  • Unable to grasp and manipulate objects well (i.e., hold pencil, cut paper, button, zip coat)
  • Seeks/Avoids sensory input (i.e., crashes body on floor, doesn’t like to be touched)
  • Bumps into furniture and people often, falls frequently
  • Difficulty jumping, skipping, or running
  • Poor social skills
  • Very high or low muscle tone
  • Difficulty transitioning between activities
  • Difficulty paying attention or focusing on task
  • Inability to self regulate for calming and organizing to perform daily life skills
  • Extreme emotional highs and lows (one minute jumping up and down laughing, another minute melting down)