Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy (OT) is an important component in improving a child’s cognitive, physical, and motor skills that may be impaired due to a variety of reasons, including:

  • Autism
  • Brain injuries
  • Sensory processing
  • Other developmental differences disorders or delays
  • Seizure disorders

Our innovative program aims to improve a child’s ability to meaningfully engage in daily occupations. The occupations of childhood include:

  • Social Participation
  • Activities of Daily Living (includes toileting, bathing, dressing, and eating)
  • Play
  • Education

In order to support a child’s occupations, OT works to build foundational skills. OTs do this by using specialized equipment and playful sensory-motor activities to provide the “just right” challenge for children as they develop skills through participation in their occupations

Sensory Processing

Another  important  component of OT is sensory processing. Sensory processing is our ability to gather information from our senses (touch, sight, taste, etc.) and have appropriate motor and behavioral responses. As children learn to have appropriate motor and behavioral responses to sensory information, they are more capable of successfully  interacting with their environment and those around them, and ultimately increase participation in daily occupations.

Sensory  processing influences:

  • Motor
  • Cognition
  • Praxis
  • Communication
  • Emotional
  • Social skills
  • Regulation