Pediatric occupational therapists help children to be successful in daily activities both at home and in school. Using therapy that is child-led and play-based, we help children reach their goals and increase their independence with interventions that address fine motor skill development, sensory integration, visual perceptual skills, and behavioral organization.
We partner with parents to promote independence and teach new skills in all activities of daily living. We help foster independence with walking, getting dressed, eating a meal, all while doing what kids do best—play!
Pediatric Occupational Therapy in 3 steps
Identify the specific needs of a person.
Promote skill development and independence in all daily activities.
Modify the task of environment.
Occupational therapy can benefit your child if they are experiencing or have experienced a variety of conditions.
If your child has a condition that does not fit into any of the following categories or you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us to inquire.
- Autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- Birth injuries or birth defects
- Broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- Developmental delays
- Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- Learning problems
- Mental health or behavioral problems
- Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
- Post-surgical conditions
- Sensory processing disorders
- Severe hand injuries
- Spina bifida
- Traumatic amputations
- Traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
How physical therapy and occupational therapy differ
Although both Physical and Occupational Therapy help to improve kids’ quality of life, there are differences, and the two can overlap and work in conjunction, as well.
Physical therapy (PT) deals with pain, joint range of motion, strength, endurance, and gross motor functioning, and aims to treat the impairment or injury and help increase physical function. Our focus is for children to be as mobile and independent as possible while educating their caregivers on all aspects of their child’s physical development, which involves anything that may affect a child’s quality of movement, posture, alignment, and safety.
Occupational Therapy (OT) deals more with fine motor skills, visual-perceptual skills, cognitive skills, and sensory-processing deficits, and aims to improve the quality of a child’s participation in their daily functional tasks like bathing, eating, dressing, or grooming. A cognitive or developmental disability might further complicate these tasks, and Occupational Therapy aims to help with a child navigate life, despite these challenges.
Occupational therapy services for children may include the following
We are passionate about helping children explore the world and aim to make every session fun while working on developing and improving strength, flexibility, range of motion, posture, balance, and movement patterns for any child in need of intervention.
- Fine Motor Skills
Help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
- Hand-Eye Coordination
Address hand-eye coordination to improve kids’ play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.).
- Developmental Delays
Help kids with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves).
- Positive Behaviors
Help kids with behavioral disorders maintain positive behaviors in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in physical activity).
Teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills needed to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting.
- Special Equipment
Evaluate a child’s need for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids.
- Sensory and Attention
Work with kids who have sensory and attentional issues to improve focus and social skills.