How Can OT Benefit Your Child?
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists work with families to assist children to learn functional skills. These include the ability to pay attention; remain calm; self-care skills, such as feeding independence, brushing hair, brushing teeth, dressing, and bathing. Occupational therapists also work on the development of eye-hand skills, oral skills for eating; coordination of the whole body during movement of their body during all daily activities and in all environments.
Pediatric Occupational Therapists:
- Assess and treat sensory processing disorders.
- Improve upper extremity muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination, fine motor abilities and function.
- Address self care skills.
- Recommend strategies for managing decreased or emerging function and movement which may include assistive equipment.
- Work on social and peer interaction skills.
- Provide education to caregivers.
- Consult with other professionals regarding the role of occupational therapy and how it can improve the child’s daily life.
- Collaborate with caregivers and child to create effective carry-over from the occupational therapy clinic to home.
Sensory Integration is the ability to take in information through the senses of touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, hearing, and to combine the resulting perceptions with prior information, memories, and knowledge already stored in the brain.
Sensory Integration Therapy is usually performed by Occupational Therapists. They assess developmental levels and determine whether sensory-motor processing is impaired. Sensory Integration Therapy looks like play, because play is the child’s way of learning and developing. Activities are carefully chosen to stimulate development in deficient areas. Children with lower sensitivity (hyposensitivity) may be exposed to strong sensations such as stroking with a brush, vibrations or rubbing. Play may involve a range of materials to stimulate the senses such as play dough or finger painting. Children with heightened sensitivity (hypersensitivity) may be exposed to peaceful activities including quiet music and gentle rocking in a softly lit room. Treats and rewards may be used to encourage children to tolerate activities they would normally avoid.