Two Therapies. One Focus: Your Child
Once your child has been evaluated and/or referred, the next step is to schedule an appointment for an occupational therapy session. We offer therapy in two settings: individual therapy can take place in our sensory gym or within a speech group. These two settings offer different benefits for your child, depending on his or her diagnosis.
Individual Therapy: Working With Your Child One-On-One
During individual therapy, our therapists use components of our indoor sensory gym to work with your child on the specific goals outlined in the assessment process. We make sure your child is engaged in activities that best suit his or her needs. These sessions focus on improving feeding, oral motor skills, bi-lateral coordination, and developing motor planning skills through a variety of activities.
There are a variety of fine motor skills we target during occupational therapy. Your child’s diagnosis determines which skills we address to improve their functionality. Some fine motor skills we may target include:
Tool usage – We help your child learn to use a fork, spoon, toothbrush, paintbrush, writing utensils, and toys. Being able to manipulate objects independently and logically is a major skill that, when learned, will be vital to your child’s everyday life.
Opening and closing containers – We work with your child to open or use bottle tops, latches, buttons and zippers. This is a fundamental function that will significantly improve the day-to-day actions of your child’s life.
Another aspect of occupational therapy is improving your child’s balance reactions. We have a range of activities designed to test and improve muscles in your child’s core and upper body, as well as to coordinate the upper and lower bodies so they all work together. Being able to use all the parts of the body in conjunction to complete a task is vital to the overall improvement of your child’s development.
Group Therapy: Helping Your Child Transition To A “Real Life” Setting
Occupational therapy within our group speech-language therapy involves the same activities, but these are now practiced in a “real life” setting. Your child will be challenged to do all of the things they learned in an individual space but with many other factors involved. With supervision, children practice these new skills independently amongst their peers with the goal of accomplishing them in a more natural setting.
These sessions consist of applying their skills with other children, sounds, multiple toys, multiple voices, etc. This gives your child the opportunity to practice skills that would be typical of a preschool or school setting.