Occupational Therapy

  • Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) focus on the development or regaining skills needed for activities of daily living. This can include gross motor coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, self-care skill, visual motor/perceptual skills, and sensory processing needs. Fine motor skills can include activities such as grasp, handwriting, scissor skills, and manipulation of fasteners (buttons, zipper, etc.). Self-care skills can include feeding, dressing, and overall hygiene. Occupational Therapists often help children coordinate gross motor movements in the sense of timing, rhythm, and isolating movements.

  • Children that may benefit from occupational therapy have diagnoses that would include, but not limited to:

    – Handwriting difficulties
    – Sensory Integrative Dysfunctions
    – ADD/ADHD
    – Autism/Asperger’s
    – Cerebral Palsy
    – Fine motor delays
    – Down Syndrome
    – Spinal cord injuries
    – Hypotonia
    – Brachial Plexus injury
    – Coordination difficulties
    – Congenital abnormalities
    – Limited independence with self care skills
    – Genetic disorders
    – Traumatic brain injury
    – Developmental delay

  • Benefits of Occupational Therapy:

    – Improve fine motor skills
    – Improve feeding, dressing, and hygiene skills
    – Improve visual motor/ perceptual skills
    – Regulate level of arousal for participation in functional activities
    – Increase socialization, organizational skills, and self confidence
    – Develop a sensory diet
    – Prevent/ non-surgically correct upper extremity deformities
    – Improve sensory processing
    – Fitting and ordering of custom splints