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OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Pediatric occupational therapy helps infants, toddlers, and children participate in their daily occupations - play, social interactions, school, community outings, and self-care activities (e.g. bathing, dressing, eating, etc).  For infants and toddlers, occupational therapy focuses on the ability to eat, interacting with others, and playing with a variety of toys to include reaching, grasping, and toy manipulation skills.  For preschoolers, occupational therapy addresses independent eating, dressing, participation in grooming and hygiene activities, and playing with peers with more imagination. Preschoolers also need pre-kindergarten skills, such as cutting, drawing, and the ability to follow multi-step directions. Within the school years, the child refines these skills while developing further within handwriting, self-care, and community activities. 

Our therapists provide a comprehensive evaluation and treatment focused on the following skills:

  • Grasping patterns

  • Visual motor integration

  • Hand and upper body use

  • Manual dexterity skills

  • Muscle strength through core and upper body

  • Motor coordination and planning

  • Visual skills

  • Dressing skills

  • Self-care skills related to grooming and hygiene

  • Feeding skills (both ability to feed self and sensory based feeding difficulties)

  • Sensory processing abilities

  • Ability to engage in social participation

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