Why Occupational Therapy
Skills for Daily Living
Daily Living Skills are skills you use in your everyday life. Children naturally learn these skills throughout their early years but sometimes they need some help from a professional. Activities in their home, at school, or in the community like cooking, cleaning, using money, exercising or getting around are considered Daily Living Skills. With the help of a qualified OT your child can become strong and independent from basic skills like dressing themselves to important skills like handwriting.
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills pertain to skills involving large muscle movements, such as independent sitting, crawling, walking, or running. Fine motor skills involve use of smaller muscles, such as grasping, object manipulation, or drawing.
If your child is having difficulty with balance, going up or down stairs or struggling with moving their body during play an OT is able to help your child develop their bodies and coordination.
An OT is also able to help improve detailed controlled movements like fastening buttons, controlling electronics or even feeding themselves. The OT will conduct a detailed assessment of your child's existing skills and help create a custom treatment plan that will guide them in gaining the skills they need.
Not everyone learns to play in the same way. Sometimes it takes a professional to help practice the basics of play skills with your child. This means not only patience but also creativity to make learning fun.
One of the biggest challenges for children in todays world can be handling all of the experiences they face. Being able to accept and respond to all of the intense sensory experiences in our society can be overwhelming and interfere with learning, making friends, and being successful at home and school. That is why we offer sensory integration.
Sensory Integration includes knowing your child's specific sensory triggers and needs, creating a plan with your treatment team and finally helping your child to learn how to best respond to intense sensory experiences. Together, we want to help you and your child become confident and in control of their sensory needs.