A Pediatric Occupational Therapist is trained to evaluate a child’s strengths and limitations in how they interact in their every day world. Important questions an OT may ask and look for are: How does the child complete their self-care skills (bathing, dressing, and eating)? How does the child play? Do they have trouble with change in routines? Do they avoid playing on high playground equipment, swings or getting messy? Do they shy away from loud settings or are they the loudest in the group? Do they complain that handwriting activities are difficult? Do they have difficulty coloring between the lines or cutting during craft projects?
All these factors are important in determining if a child is functioning at their fullest potential. Specifically our trained staff can evaluate your child’s sensory processing skills, fine motor skills, upper extremity coordination skills, handwriting skills and visual motor and visual perceptual skills. Our goal is to equip children with the skills they need so that they can overcome difficult challenges and become more independent in their everyday activities.
Our treatment uses developmental and age appropriate play to address a child’s needs and to improve their abilities within their everyday environment. We challenge the children in ways that are motivating and fun for the child while still addressing their specific needs. Some of the treatment methods we use include: