Occupational Therapy

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Pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) help children and adolescents reach their maximum functional independence in everything they do, whether it is playing, learning, or appropriate social interactions. Our occupational therapists use a child-centered practice that encourages functional abilities and participation in meaningful activities. Interventions typically focus on adapting or modifying the task and environment, teaching or re-teaching a skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in, and performance of, daily activities. In collaboration with family and other rehabilitative services, occupational therapists strive to not only create a strong support for children as they grow, but to have fun doing it as well.

Pediatric occupational therapy addresses the following:

  • Activities of Daily Living and Self-Care SkillsĀ·
  • Balance
  • Behavioral Strategies
  • Communication Skills
  • Developmental Activities
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Handwriting
  • Joint Range of Motion and Function
  • Motor Planning and Coordination
  • Muscle Tone and Spasticity Management
  • Neuromuscular Development/Retraining
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Function and Training
  • Positioning and Postural Alignment
  • Recreation, Play, and Leisure
  • Safety and Prevention Programs
  • Problem Solving and Cognitive Skills
  • Proprioception and Body Positioning
  • Self-Regulation
  • Sensory Integration and Modulation
  • Strength and Endurance
  • Social Skills (sharing, turn taking, and playing with peers)
  • Use of Adaptive Equipment or Assistive Technology
  • Visual-Motor and Visual Perceptual Deficits

 

Children with the following conditions are commonly evaluated and treated by pediatric occupational therapists:

  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Conditions
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Learning Disorders
  • Limb Deficiency or Amputation
  • Metabolic Conditions
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Premature Birth
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Selective Eating
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Visual Impairments