Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on improving a child’s participation and independence in daily activities. Some occupations of childhood include playing, feeding, dressing, grooming, sleeping, going to school, socializing with peers/adults and completing household chores. There are many reasons why a child might have difficulty participating in one or more of these activities at an age-appropriate level. Licensed and board certified occupational therapists assess children to determine the underlying factor(s) contributing to difficulties and determine the best way to treat them.

In collaboration with a child’s family, occupational therapists develop an individualized intervention plan to progress towards their goals. Effective occupational therapy intervention involves regularly scheduled, one-on-one sessions with an occupational therapist, followed by caregiver education and home programming to be completed outside of scheduled sessions. In order to provide comprehensive care, occupational therapists collaborate with a child’s other providers as appropriate. These providers may include speech-language pathologists (SLP), behavior therapists (BCBA), psychologists, counselors, and teachers.

Areas assessed and addressed:

  • sensory processing
  • self-regulation
  • motor coordination
  • strength and balance
  • reflex integration
  • fine motor skills
  • visual motor integration
  • ocular motor skills
  • visual perception
  • executive functions (e.g., working memory, attention, initiation)
  • handwriting
  • self-care skills
  • feeding/picky eating
  • instrumental activities of daily living (e.g., chores, money management, safety)

Interventions offered:

  • Development of individualized sensory diets
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Bal-A-Vis-X
  • Brain Gym
  • Zones of Regulation
  • The Alert Program: How Does Your Engine Run?
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Social Thinking
Occupational Therapy