Occupational therapist practitioners work with children and youth to encourage active participation in activities or “occupations” that are meaningful to them as well as refine or develop skills that are needed for them to be successful in their daily lives. A pediatric OT can provide services to children from birth to early adulthood.
When your child is referred to our Occupational Therapy Clinic, a comprehensive evaluation is completed to determine the needs of your child which includes an occupational profile of the child as well as an analysis of his/her occupational performance. Once the child’s individual needs are established, it is important for the child (if possible), his/her caregivers, and the therapist to work closely to develop a treatment plan with goals that are closely aligned with the priorities of the family.
The primary occupations of young children are play and interacting with their caregivers. This allows the child to build on skills needed for more advanced skills later in development. Occupational therapists can provide intervention when concerns arise based on the young child’s occupational performance in these areas or if modifications to an activity or the environment need to be made for the young child to be successful. Occupational therapists can work with children in preschool, elementary, middle, and high school to support academic learning as well as daily routines and activities both in the school and at home. Therapy sessions may address any of the following areas of concern:
- Fine Motor Development
- Gross Motor Development
- Visual Motor Integration
- Visual Perception
- Sensory Processing
- Activities of Daily Living
- Executive Functioning
Q: Who is occupational therapy for?
A: Children aged 2 to 18 years old.
Q: Is a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder needed?
A: No diagnosis is needed to receive occupational therapy.
Q: What do I need to get my loved one occupational therapy?
A: A referral from a physician.
Q: When is the Occupational Therapy Clinic open?
A: The clinic is open from 8am – 4pm, with the possibility of staying open until 4:30pm.
Frequency and duration of therapy sessions will be scheduled based on the child’s individual need. All therapy sessions offered are one-on-one sessions. Caregivers are encouraged to observe sessions as well as provide feedback to the therapist. They are also encouraged to carry out any home programs sent home between sessions as this will help greatly with carryover from the clinic to the home setting.
If you are interested in occupational therapy, please contact Alexis Lawrence.