What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy focuses on helping individuals do the things that they want to do and need to do. A child’s “occupation” or daily activities include life skills (eating, dressing, toileting), playing, learning, and socializing. A child needs sufficient fine and gross motor skills to achieve these goals and this is a strong focus when OT's work with children. They also need to be able to tolerate their sensory world and occupational therapists utilize the theories of sensory integration to support their development.
Some children have good fine and gross motor skills but struggle to pull them all together because they can't filter out environmental distractions. Some children appear to have behavior problems but the root of the problem is due to neurological weaknesses related to poor sensory and/or reflex integration.
My goal is to focus on the needs of the child AND the family to help facilitate a happy home. Focus areas can include parenting skills, organizational strategies, behavior management, environmental assessment, and child development. Therapy tools may include Ayers Sensory Integration ©, Therapeutic Listening Program, Astronaut Training Program and Rhythmic Movement Training.
If you or your child are having difficulty with managing your daily routines, or you have concerns about your child's development or ability to cope, set up your call to set-up a consultation today.