Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help individuals participate in every day activities. These activities span across many areas of development. Listed below are only a few examples of what our therapists can help your children with.
· ADLs (activities of daily living) – ADLs are an individuals ability to dress themselves, complete hygiene and grooming tasks, participate in bathing, and use of utensils for feeding with less caregiver assist.
· IADLs (instrumental activities of daily living) – IADLS are an individuals ability to participate in meal prep, chores, and household tasks with less caregiver assist.
· Sensory processing regulation/modulation – Sensory regulation assists children in developing skills needed to be able to accept multiple stimuli (noise, sights, textures, etc.) from their environment and respond appropriately for engagement in daily activities.
· Behavioral modulation – Behavioral modulation assists in emotional regulation and replacement behaviors/strategies.
· Motor planning – Motor planning is the development of skills that allow us to remember and perform steps to make a movement happen this can be both gross and fine motor movement patterns. This also includes developing coordination, strength and ROM needed for completion of movement patterns.
· Visual motor – Visual motor skills interpret what the eyes perceive into coordinated movements with extremities and the rest of the body (eye hand coordination, visual perceptual skills, and visual processing).
· Executive functioning – Executive functioning develops working memory, sequencing tasks, planning, initiation of tasks, flexibility, time management, self control, and perseverance.
· Play/socialization – Play involves developing friendships, recognizing appropriate social cues and body language, boundaries, cooperative play, expansion of forms of play (ie cause/effect or pretend play).
· Fine motor coordination – Fine motor skills include manual dexterity and in hand manipulation skills.
Our occupational therapists are trained to work with children ranging from highly functioning to severely medically complex using a variety of treatment strategies and intervention tools.