Occupational therapy is dedicated to helping children develop all the abilities they need for the many “jobs” of childhood, including play, self-care and school performance. Occupational therapy includes intervention aimed at the acquisition of specific skills, as well as the development of compensatory strategies and environmental accommodations needed to ensure meaningful and successful participation in life. Therapy is designed to seem like play to the children, yet the therapist draws upon extensive training in specialty areas to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing a strong foundation for development and growth.

The occupational therapy evaluation process is specific to each child based on their individual needs. A combination of parent interview, clinical observation and standardized assessment is utilized in order to evaluate your child’s:

• sensory processing abilities • fine motor skills
• visual perceptual skills • visual motor skills
• handwriting skills • motor coordination
• coordination and balance • neuromuscular status
• self-help skills • play skills

Your child’s evaluation results will guide the individual treatment plan based on the identified strengths and weaknesses. Occupational therapy intervention and support may include:

• sensory integration   • therapeutic listening
• handwriting support   • improving oral motor skills
• facilitating social skills   • self help skills development
• motor development   • activity modification and adaptation