Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping children achieve independence in all areas of their lives. A child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate a child's skills in the area of play, school performance, and daily activities. This evaluation can then be compared to what is developmental appropriate for that age group.

 

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with a child's physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning.

 

Occupational therapists might:

  • Help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys or develop good handwriting skills
  • Address hand-eye coordination to improve kids' play skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)
  • Help kids with processing sensory information so that they don't over-react (or under-react) to noise, touch, movement, or other sensory information
  • Help kids with learning and attentional issues to improve focus and social skills
  • Help kids with developmental delays to learn tasks as getting dressed, tying shoes, writing, etc.

 

Treatment emphasis is based on the following:

  • Activities of daily living (self-care skills)
  • Assistive technology
  • Coordination activities
  • Developmental skills (fine and gross motor skills)
  • Functional skills
  • Handwriting skills
  • School readiness
  • Sensory integration/sensory processing

 

Treatment approaches include:

  • "Handwriting without Tears" Program
  • Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT)
  • Sensory Integration (SI)
  • Therapeutic Listening Program
  • Samonas Sound Therapy
  • Wilbarger Protocol
  • Auditory Integration Training