Experienced Occupational Therapists with Training in:
- Treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Sensory Diets/Home Programs
- Neurodevelopment Treatment (NDT)
- Social Stories
- Picture Support Systems
Occupational therapy focuses on the development of life skills that enable the child to function purposefully within his or her environment. This can include, but is not limited to, development in the area of fine motor/hand skills, daily living skills, visual perceptual skills and other areas of sensory processing.
Occupational therapy is a profession committed promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to enable children to participate in the activities of everyday life appropriate for their stage in life. Occupational therapists facilitate the child’s ability to participate age appropriate activities of daily living by teaching new skills, modifying the environment or by adapting the activity to better support independence and function.
A great definition of occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enhancing the individual’s ability to participate, by modifying the environment, or by adapting the activity to better support participation.
Physical therapy focuses on developing a child’s ability to move through and interact with his or her environment.
Physical Therapists address a child’s ability to coordinate movements, balance in sitting and standing, and increase strength for ambulating and performing advanced gross motor skills. The use of specific treatment techniques such as gait training, therapeutic exercises, neuromuscular re-education, therapeutic taping, joint mobilization, functional electrical stimulation, infant massage, and respiratory exercises all enhance the effectiveness of treatment. Parental education and training are essential components in the child’s overall therapy program. Our highly trained therapists offer comprehensive evaluations, consultations, and treatment for children with a variety of orthopedic, neurological, and developmental diagnoses.
Speech Language Therapy promotes the development of age-appropriate speech and language skills, functional communication skills
as well as oral-motor/swallowing control.
Areas addressed in speech-language therapy include: feeding skills, speech-language delay and disorders, articulation and phonological development, auditory/perceptual training, respiratory control, cleft palate, voice and fluency (stuttering).
Assistance in selecting, obtaining and using augmentative communication systems such as sign language, picture communication, and/or electronic devices is also provided by our Speech Language Pathologists.
Sensory Integration Therapy is used to treat individuals with Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) which occur when there is an inability of the brain to correctly process information brought in by the senses. It can affect coordination, learning, attention, behavior, emotional tone, and self-esteem. Children with SPD are often overly sensitive to sensory stimuli, under-responsive to sensory stimuli or fluctuate dependent of the situation or environment. Some children appear inattentive, overly sensitive to smells or unexpected touch, resist new situations, or appear uncoordinated. They can be overemotional and have explosive outbursts. Successful treatment requires a specific approach and appropriate equipment. Our suspended equipment, weighted garments and other specialized tools offer treatment options that are highly effective for children with these disorders.
Our experienced occupational therapists are experts in the assessment and treatment of children with sensory processing deficits. Our staff also incorporates therapy techniques, such as sound-based interventions, programs to improve self-regulation and use of sensory diets/home programs to facilitate progress.