Occupational Therapy Services

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a field of therapy that focuses on helping individuals function in the occupations, or activities, that are most important in their lives.  A key goal for an occupational therapist (OT) is to help the parent or caregiver figure out what is causing their child to have difficulty participating successfully in their daily activities.  Once the contributing factors are identified, occupational therapy can address them by making changes in the brain and body, in the child’s relationships and interactions with others, in the tasks themselves, or in the environment in which the tasks occur.

What to Expect

An initial evaluation begins with a review of referral information along with a neurodevelopmental profile, sensory processing checklist, and any other relevant questionnaires that will be available to be completed and submitted electronically prior to the first visit.  The initial evaluation process takes 60-90 minutes to complete, on average, and parents/caretakers are encouraged to be present for the duration.  The evaluations consist primarily of parent/caregiver interview and structured clinical observation, focusing on functional participation in activities. The areas being assessed include nervous system arousal state, sensory modulation and processing, emotional regulation, engagement and play skills, focus and attention, reflex integration, postural control, strength and endurance, motor planning, bilateral coordination, visual perception, visual motor integration, grasp of objects and tools, and fine motor coordination.  Oral motor skills will also be assessed if that is an area of concern. 

A treatment session lasts anywhere between 45-60 minutes and, when possible, it is preferred for parents/caregivers to be present and involved on an ongoing basis.  There is an adjacent lounge space available if you need to take care of personal business during the treatment session from time to time, but parents/caretakers are requested to be as involved in the treatment process as possible.  A strong emphasis is placed on parent/caregiver education to help make the treatment concepts more concrete, accessible, and relevant for carryover of treatment suggestions at home.  Much of the treatment takes place in a sensory gym space and on the floor or various large pieces of equipment, so loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is preferred.

Common Diagnoses and Conditions

Treated Include:


  • ADHD                         

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder          

  • Developmental Coordination Disorder    

  • Developmental Trauma                

  • Anxiety and OCD

  • PANDAS/PANS                    

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Delayed Gross and Fine Motor Skills        

  • Impaired Communication and Socialization                

  • Emotional Regulation                

  • Visual/Oculomotor Impairment



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