At Specialized Therapy Services, our Occupational Therapists (OT) are here to promote health, development and functional independence for your child. The OT will evaluate your child’s current skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities to compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. Using a team approach that is child-friendly and involves parents every step of the way, our therapists will work with your child to gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and the visual motor skills they need to function and socialize in the world.
How can Occupational Therapy help my Child?
OT’s use exercises, activities, strategies and accommodations to help children develop the skills they need to become more independent. These can include:
- Self-care or activities of daily living (brushing teeth, buttoning clothes, using eating utensils)
- Hand-eye coordination (writing on a classroom whiteboard, copying in a notebook what the teacher writes on the board)
- Fine motor skills (grasping and controlling a pencil, using scissors)
- Gross motor skills (doing jumping jacks, working on core muscle strength for sitting posture)
- Planning and organizational skills
- Sensory response skills
Specialized Therapy Services has worked children with a variety of medical conditions, developmental issues or learning disorders, including:
- Infant and child feeding difficulties
- Developmental disorders including Autism, Asperger syndrome and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Sensory Motor Awareness Development
- Handwriting Difficulties
- Visual Perceptual Concerns
- Birth defects or birth-related injuries
- Limited range of motion, including torticollis (wryneck)
- Difficulties with gross motor skills (such as crawling or walking) or fine motor skills (including tying shoes, using utensils and writing)
- Muscle weakness (hypotonia) or tightness (hypertonia)
- Genetic disorders (e.g. Down syndrome)
Growing into a self-sufficient adult may come easy for some; and more challenging for others. Whether it’s feeding or fine motor difficulties, our OT’s can help your child reach maturity with strength and confidence—qualities vital to making it on their own.