**Currently Accepting Referrals for Occupational Therapy Services**
Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps children and teens gain independence by improving their ability to complete everyday activities at home, school, and play. Our Occupational Therapist provides compassionate, individualized care for each child. If your child is having difficulty with self-care skills, motor skills, or play skills, our Occupational Therapist can help.
Our Occupational Therapist looks closely at each activity to determine if motor, cognitive, sensory processing, social-emotional, or other areas are contributing to the functional difficulty. Our Occupational Therapist can help your child with:
Fine Motor Skills: Focusing on smaller muscles allows your child to control detailed movements. These movements require the use of smaller muscles of the body such as the eyes, face, tongue, hands, and fingers. Important fine motor skills include smiling, following moving objects with their eyes, and picking up small items such as food. These are all necessary skills for early exploration, body awareness, and play. Later, these skills will lead to everyday skills such as handwriting, stacking blocks, playing ball, staying safe on playground equipment.
Self-Care activities: Focus on teaching the individual the skills necessary for bathing, dressing, or self feeding.
Feeding Therapy: Feeding therapy assists in helping children develop normal, effective feeding patterns and behaviors. It is more than simply "teaching a child to eat." We help individuals conquer their feeding issues, including being a "picky eater," oral defensiveness, flavor or texture aversions, and lack of focus. Our therapists work closely with each child and their families to determine the source of the child's difficulties and develop a plan of care specific to that child's needs.
Sensory Based Therapy: This is an approach to helping children who have difficulty navigating their environments due to overstimulation or under stimulation of the sensory system. Sensory based therapy utilizes the bodies 5 senses: vision, hearing, taste, touch, and smell; along with 2 additional "internal" senses of proprioception (body awareness) and vestibular (movement) to create optimal level of arousal and regulation to allow the child to successfully engage with their environment.
Overcome sensory processing/sensory stimulation challenges and promote sensory integration. Examples of behaviors that may indicate a sensory issue:
*A child who does not eat many foods
*A child who cannot wear socks with seams
*A child who cannot wear clothes with labels
*A child who cannot tolerate loud noises
Play successfully in groups, with age appropriate toys, know how to fit in with friends and pick up on social cues.
In addition to improving your child's skills through play-based approaches, our Occupational Therapist may recommend changes to the home or school environment or recommend adaptive equipment to help your child progress steadily and safely.
Signs that your child could benefit from a Therapist
Pediatric conditions we treat:
Adaptive Behavior Delay
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Cognitive (thinking and learning) delays
Sensory Integration Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Perceptual Dysfunction
Find out if Occupational Therapy is right for your child. Contact your child's primary care physician for a referral to Children's Behavioral Services!