Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy? 
Occupational Therapy is a health profession dedicated to helping people with sensory, motor, and behavior problems perform their daily occupations to the best of their abilities. When working with a child, occupational therapists use purposeful activities to assist the child in performing their normal "occupations" of childhood, which include play, school-work, learning, and self-care/activities of daily living. 

Some of the areas occupational therapy can help with:   

Fine motor skills & Handwriting
Gross motor skills 
Coordination
Endurance & muscle tone
Attention 
Oral motor skills

Motor planning 
Sensory processing & integration 
Balance 
Visual motor skills 
Visual perception 
Self-care skills


What is Sensory Integration? 

Sensory Integration (SI) is the ability to take in information through the five basic senses plus the sensations of movement (vestibular) and body position (proprioceptive) and use this information to produce adaptive responses or behaviors. SI dysfunction is a complex neurological disorder, manifested by difficulty detecting, modulating, discriminating or integrating sensation adaptively. When the process is disordered, a number of problems in learning, development or behavior may be evident. Sensory integrative therapy involves creating a playful environment that facilitates activities to help the body learn, organize, and process sensory information more efficiently.

Below are some symptoms that may indicate a dysfunction in sensory integration: 

Easily distracted
Poor coordination
Clumsy 
Poor handwriting
Picky eater 
Poor safety awareness
Difficulty with transitions
Poor body awareness 
Low muscle tone or endurance 

Activity level that is unusually high or low 
Overly sensitive to touch, sound, movement, sight
Emotionally "up and down" 
Avoids playground activities or sports
Difficulty completing activities of daily living
Shuts down or has meltdowns 
Difficulty following directions 
Difficulty unwinding or calming self 
Delay in speech, motor, or academic achievement 


The list above is not all-inclusive. A child with SI problems may just have some of these symptoms and the degree to which they exhibit them may vary. The important thing in determining a problem is how much it interferes with the child's functioning at home and school and how it affects the child's self-esteem. 

GREAT NEWS!

We offer easy access progress monitoring for parents online

Parents and teachers can access online tools and recommendations specifically tailored for their child

Our therapists offer weekly feedback on your child's progress and homework you can be doing at home to maximize your child's
potential

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