Occupational Therapy

Through Occupational Therapy treatment, you can expect your child to gain gross and fine motor functioning, perform more complex actions, engage in more functional activities, have improved self-esteem, learn better coordination and be more socially interactive. We help children ages 2 to 5 explore and interact with their environment using sensory integration and other techniques. Our program addresses leisure/play skills, social participation, daily activities, feeding and dressing skills, fine motor skills, and gross motor skills. The goal of our occupational therapy is to raise a child’s level of function by fostering an appropriate response to sensation in an active and fun way. Over time, this treatment will encourage a child’s appropriate response outside the classroom as well.

Is your child experiencing symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

Sensory processing disorder is a condition that prevents sensory signals from being organized into appropriate responses. A child with SPD will find it difficult to process and act upon sensory information, creating challenges in performing countless daily tasks. We offer occupational therapy focused on sensory integration in our “OT gym.” This sensory-rich environment allows our therapists to guide the patient through fun activities that are subtly structured so the patient is constantly challenged and always successful.

Occupational therapy for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Designed specifically to help children with ASD develop skills that encourage independence in daily living, improve coordination and body awareness, cope with transition, and build functional play and social skills.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy is:

  • Active - the child participates in creating and executing therapeutic activities, usually through play

  • Dynamic - the activities and interactions change in response to the child's behavior and performance

  • Sensory-rich with opportunities for a variety of sensory experiences

  • Collaborative - the child learns the ability to share control over activity choice and sequence

  • Adaptive - activities are neither too easy nor too difficult; children use goal-directed responses that match the demand of the activity

  • Engaging - playful activities build on the child's motivation and desires

  • Rewarding - activities are structured to allow the child to experience success when responding to a challenge

  • Alliance - the child's emotions, abilities and desires are respected through safety and trust

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing

Feeding and swallowing problems in children are complex and surprisingly common, they can be caused by a number of factors from neurologic conditions to environmental factors. Our comprehensive approach is designed to support optimal growth and developement. Our specially trained Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathoologists provide a comprehensive approach to treating feeding and swallowing disorders. We offer treatment programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children, and our therapy includes family support to encourage continued treatment at home.