Generally, the term occupation describes the ways in which a person’s time is utilized. Occupational therapy with kids incorporates the therapeutic use of everyday life activities to enhance or enable participation in the home, school, community, and other settings. Therapy focuses on aspects such as balance and coordination, gross and fine motor skills, executive function and sensory processing. There are various techniques that occupational therapy teaches in order to achieve success while taking part in activities at home, academic environments, the workplace, volunteer opportunities, and while accomplishing self-care/hygiene.
Initial evaluations are done to assess the patient’s functional limitations and impairments. The results of the evaluation are used to create customized treatment programs with specific objectives and time-based goals. An occupational therapist will meet with the parents or the caregivers to talk about the recommended care plan.
Services and Therapies Offered
Our therapists are trained to provide holistic evaluation and customized treatment to clients with various pediatric medical conditions, such as the following:
- Motor difficulties
- Sensory processing difficulties
- Difficulty managing life skills
- Sensory processing differences
- Executive function challenges
- Emotional/self regulation challenges
- Difficulty participating in daily life activities (ex. self-care/hygiene)
Treatment for each patient is unique and may include:
- Daily living activities – hygiene, self-feeding, etc.
- Sensory processing – activities targeting the following sensory systems: visual, hearing, taste, smell, touch, proprioception, and vestibular functions.
- Executive function – attention, working memory, time management, cognitive flexibility, etc.
- Fine motor skills – manipulation of small objects using the hands for activities such as buttoning, writing, cutting with scissors, etc.
- Gross motor skills – strength, balance and coordination, running, jumping, etc.