Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy helps children with their main job; having the quality childhood they deserve. The goal of occupational therapy is to improve self-help skills and adaptive behavior for individuals with developmental delays. Occupational Therapists (OT’s) help children acquire (or regain) the skills needed to perform the activities—or “occupations”—of daily life.  The focus of our treatment is to promote self-care by giving children the tools they need to grow into the highest level of independence.

 

Our pediatric occupational therapists (OT) work with children and infants who have problems in cognitive functions, movement, and coordination. These young patients could be living with a wide range of conditions, such as neurological complaints, orthopedic injuries, spinal cord damage, muscular dystrophy, or other motor disorders. The work of pediatric occupational therapist involves analyzing and treating skeletal, neuromuscular or cognitive restrictions of their young patients and helping them in developing their interaction and communication skills, refinement of motor skills and educating them in self-care abilities, especially for the older children. Most of the patients are too young to understand verbal instructions, so we often incorporate games into the therapy. This will help to engage their interest and cooperation. It is imperative to have the commitment and support of the family as well.

OT’s Focus on Improving:
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Hand Eye Coordination
  • Sensory Processing
  • Activities of Daily Living (i.e. bathing, dressing, toileting, and feeding)
  • Play
  • Feeding
  • Auditory Processing Integration
Common Treatments
  • Activities of daily living (ADL) training
  • Development of fine motor skills
  • Developmental play therapy
  • Feeding therapy
  • Handwriting development
  • Kinesio taping
  • Neuro-development treatment
  • Oral motor treatment
  • Postural and sensory training
  • Sensory integration
  • Visual perception training