Occupational therapists identify and support skills that a child needs in order to play, learn, and interact appropriately. OTs have knowledge about anatomy, motor development, neurology, and sensory integration that help us to look at a task, break it down into necessary steps and skills needed, and address where the breakdown may be occurring. We do this all through play and fun!
An Occupational Therapy Evaluation could include assessment of:
- fine motor skills
- visual motor skills
- visual perceptual skills
- ocular motor skills
- sensory processing skills
- activities of daily living
- educational access issues
Based on the outcomes of the evaluation process, we will work with your family or school team to determine whether or not therapy is necessary. As part of this discussion, goals will be developed that specifically target the skills your child needs to acquire. Designing a plan or program that supports your child is a team-effort!
Direct occupational therapy services could include:
- fine motor skill development
- sensory integrative therapy including sensory diet design
- visual motor perceptual skill training
- motor coordination skills
- handwriting remediation
- skills related to written expression
- computer access skills (mouse skills, typing, alternate access)
During the therapy process we will work together to assess your child's progress. For some children, the need for direct OT services is short-lived, while other children work to acquire new skills through on-going hard work and intervention. We re-evaluate the need for occupational therapy as your child shows progress at his/her own rate of learning!