Many of us don’t think of children as having an occupation. Yet, a child’s life is full of daily tasks, such as dressing, eating, grooming, sleeping, learning, playing, making friends, and moving their bodies with coordination, rhythm and balance. When a child has a great deal of difficulty in one of these everyday activities, pediatric occupational therapist can help them develop the skills necessary to be successful.
At Intuition Wellness Center, pediatric occupational therapists complete a comprehensive evaluation of your child to determine their developmental strengths and weaknesses.
Equipped with this information, your pediatric occupational therapist, in collaboration with you, will develop goals and a concrete plan for your child. This may include helping your child learn to calm their nervous system; focus their attention to complete tasks; follow directions; improve muscle strength, coordination, or motor planning. Developing confidence, building self esteem, and having fun are also important parts of every occupational therapy program.
Pediatric occupational therapists use a variety of techniques and tools when working with children. Depending on their goals, activities might include climbing for strength, swinging for calming or stimulation, obstacle courses for developing motor planning skills, visual tracking activities, drawing activities, crafts, and music. At the end of each appointment, you and your child will be given strategies to practice outside of the center. These activities are designed to empower you as the parent and to help your child reach their goals.
PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EVALUATIONS & TREATMENT STRENGTHEN
- Fine Motor Skills
- Self Care
- Muscle Tone
- Infant Development
- Sensory Processing
- Cognitive Development
- Visual Motor Skills
- Visual Perceptual Skills
DIAGNOSES TREATED BY PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Coordination Disorder
- Learning Disorders
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Other Neuromotor Disorders
- Developmental Delay
SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY
Sensory Integration Therapy is designed to help the nervous system organize sensory input via tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory and visually-based activities. Once the child’s system is organized, they will be able to learn and/or complete meaningful tasks.
Listening Therapy is a home-based program that is taught in sessions that utilizes specially altered music to enhance brain functions. Changes have been made in attention, fine motor skills, communication, social skills, and overall coordination as a result of Listening Therapy.
Neuro-Developmental Therapy facilitates normal developmental motor patterns while inhibiting abnormal patterns to achieve functional tasks. Focus will be placed on muscle strengthening and active participation in motor tasks.
FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT
Once the origin of the fine motor problem has been identified in the evaluation, a treatment program is designed which may include strengthening, dexterity, perceptual motor and/or coordination exercises. In some cases adaptive equipment may be utilized to improve fine motor development.
Manual therapy involves a variety of handling techniques utilized to facilitate change at a cellular level to enhance all body functions and overcome neuromotor limitations. With the added input, the child can integrate this information for an adaptive movement.
Pediatric occupational therapy incorporates other treatments such as Kinesiotaping for muscle alignment, elongation, support, and/or strengthening as well as education, linking to resources, and activities for home programs.