What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on facilitating one’s independent functioning within one's everyday environment with regard to physical movement, sensory processing and cognitive skills. For example, an occupational therapist might work to improve the dressing skills of an adult with cerebral palsy or work to improve bilateral hand skills for a hemiplegic client following a stroke.
What does Occupational Therapy for children entail?
At the Family Development Center we consider a child's 'occupation' to be learning, developing and playing. The goal of OT when working with children and their families is to enable and nurture these pursuits for maximal participation within their everyday environment.
Is an Occupational Therapy screening appropriate for my child?
Parents, guardians, and teachers should consider an OT screening or evaluation if they note any of the following:
Existing diagnosis that affects the child's motor/sensory integration or cognitive skill development
Specific concerns about physical/sensory/cognitive skills or a noted delay in development of:
Fine motor skills
Attention and concentration
Drawing and handwriting
Cutting with scissors
Self-help skills (such as difficulty with dressing, eating, toileting or generally poor hygiene)
Sitting posture at a desk or workstation
Physical development (such as difficulty with coordination, balance and general movement)
Balance and motor planning skills
Possible need for adaptive equipment
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), children with the following medical diagnosismay benefit from OT:
Birth injuries or birth defects
Sensory integration disorders
Traumatic injuries (brain or spinal)
Autism/pervasive developmental disorders
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
Mental health or behavioral problems
Broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
Severe hand injuries
Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
What services does the Family Development Center offer?
The Family Development Center offers both full psycho-educational assessments as well as thorough occupational therapy evaluations. When occupational therapy is deemed the appropriate course of action our highly trained occupational therapist will tailor a context-sensitive program to engage the specific needs of your child in the form of direct individual intervention (1:1), group intervention, or periodic consultation services.