Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational therapists focus on developing the skills necessary to successfully engage in activities of daily living (ADLs) across the lifespan. Self-care (eating, dressing, bathing), playing, succeeding in academics, participating in different sports or hobbies, and learning emotional regulation to manage behaviors in everyday life are just some of the ADLs for children.
An occupational therapy evaluation is used to assess a child’s gross motor, fine motor, and visual motor delays; motor planning deficits; coordination difficulties; postural control/balance deficits; and sensory processing disorders. Deficits in any of these areas commonly warrant occupational therapy services.
Some of the typical concerns observed by parents, caregivers, and teachers include but are not limited to:
Tedious, laborious, or messy handwriting
Awkward grip over writing implements or feeding utensils
Difficulty attending to tasks, or staying focused
Attentional and/or organizational problems that interfere with social interaction, playing or learning; Underdeveloped social skills
Frequent emotional outbursts or “meltdowns”
Difficulty regulating activity level, always “on-the-go” or “slow to get moving”
General lack of coordination or decreased endurance
Sensitivity to sensory input (sounds, smells, touch, taste, movement)
Poor sequencing skills
Difficulty planning or organizing to complete age appropriate tasks and activities
Inability to develop independence with regular daily routines
Trouble with spelling, or other academic skills
Slow processing of auditory information
Withdrawal, shut down, or outbursts as a result of a life-event (death, loss, trauma) or ongoing events (neglect, chronic medical visits).
What to Expect:
Occupational Therapy Evaluations
1. Intake paperwork
Complete intake paperwork PRIOR TO EVALUATION. This information alerts the therapist of concerns, strengths, and background in order to initiate the assessment process.
2. The evaluation.
Occupational therapy evaluations include two 60-minute sessions, plus one 60 minute report conference. Testing is normally a one-on-one experience with your child, and parents are welcome to attend any or all portions of the evaluation. Following testing, a report is generated to provide you with results and recommendations
3. Report conference.
During this session, the occupational therapist will review the report with the parent(s), and explain the significance of the assessment and assessment results. Recommendations and/or referrals will then be discussed and a plan of care, including goals, will be identified.
Occupational Therapy Treatment Sessions
Occupational therapy sessions are typically recommended once per week to promote and sustain progress in identified goal areas. Parent involvement, parent education, and home programing are paramount to your child's success. Progress reports are provided to measure outcomes every 6-15 visits (depending on the therapist's recommendations). Functional Interplay Therapy considers context and environment to be important to the transfer of learning. Functional Interplay Therapy offers the unique experience of carry over into the home, school, or community!
Occupational Therapy and Speech/Language Therapy Co-Treatment
Play often mirrors a child’s language; when one or the other is at a deficit it is beneficial to engage in a collaborative intervention approach. Co-treatment is warranted when your child’s occupational and speech therapy goals are complementary to one another. While the occupational therapist is assisting in the sensory integration, motor, and emotional responses of your child, the speech and language pathologist is activating the language and executive centers in the brain. Co-treatment is a specialized and effective approach to progress toward your child’s goal areas. The therapies transition seamlessly throughout the session.