Occupational therapists help children to function in "life roles." For children this refers to their ability to play and develop motor skills in order to participate in age-appropriate play, education and daily living activities.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
Our therapists evaluate patients' gross and fine motor skills, cognitive function, visual perception, self-care skills, neurosensory processing skills, social skills, as well as developmental and motor proficiencies.
Occupational therapy treatment
When our senses are integrated, the nervous system works together so that we interact with the environment effectively.
A child with inaccurate feedback struggles to perform tasks. Therapy activities that provide appropriate sensory input—sound, touch, pressure, and movement—can help the child's responses become more automatic.
Fine motor coordination
Fine motor skills involve controlled hand movements to perform activities such as using pencils, tying shoes, and opening and closing backpacks.
Treatment includes activities and exercises that strengthen certain muscle groups, offer repetitive practice of tasks or introduce adaptive equipment.
Gross motor skill development
Gross motor skills involve the large muscle groups, which enable a child to perform such physical activities as climbing, running or swinging. Treatment activities focus on balance, equilibrium, varying muscle tones and overall coordination.
Activities of daily living
A child’s independence is greatly enhanced by performing self-care skills such as toileting, eating, dressing and basic hygiene on their own. Children experiencing delays in these areas may benefit from occupational therapy.