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Therapeutic Methods for Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps children with special needs who are experiencing difficulties interacting in their daily environment and with peers. Activities, techniques, and environmental modifications, as well as sensory integration therapy are utilized to facilitate and maximize performance and participation.

The therapist, child, family work together to achieve independence in all aspects of the child’s life. For a child, this includes development, play, learning, and self-care.

Play and learning are crucial for development. When a child’s development is challenged by disabilities, an occupational therapist can evaluate a child’s skills in daily activities, school performance, and self-care activities and compare them to what is developmentally appropriate for his/her age group. Sensory and neuromotor based intervention provides children with the opportunities to become more functional and independent when faced with the many challenges presented at home, in school and in the community.

Assessment and Treatment is focused on improving a child’s skill level to meet those of his/her peers.

An assessment and Treatment includes:

  • Sensory processing skills,
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Hand writing skills
  • Visual perception
  • Sensory processing
  • Printing/Written output
  • Seating/wheelchair/Splinting/adaptive devices
  • Clinical observation including muscle tone, strength, bilateral integration and midline crossing, dominance, body awareness, postural control, and motor planning.

We provide the parents with a comprehensive report that explains clinical findings and offers recommendations and practical strategies for the home and school environment. We will also be available to consult with teachers, caregivers, and other professionals on an individual basis.

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