Here we will showcase a different therapy each month
We offer a variety of services for your child. Please check the other services we offer for a description of each one. We take pride in what we do and our focus is on your child throughout the whole session. We work with the parents just as much as the child because we believe that therapy and rehabilitation does not stop when our session is over for the day. We like to provide the parents with things they can also work on at home with the child to overcome any obstacles the child is facing.
Our center offers a friendly environment for children of all ages and abilities. Our “kids” are provided with excellent therapy, through a caring staff and they have quite a bit of fun in the process.
Please print and fill out the child intake form below and bring with you to your appointment
Please Understand while we list all these services your child will be evaluated and assessed and treatment plan will be put together by our highly trained therapists, tailored to each individual child’s needs.
Occupational Therapy (OT) Month. Occupational Therapy can help kids improve their cognitive, physical and motor skills; it can also build a sense of self confidence and accomplishment along with enhancing their self- esteem. It helps them for achieve independence in their lives.
Technically, it is defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association executive board (AOTA) as:
“The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.”
Some people think OT is just for adults, kids do not work therefor do not have an occupation. However, a child’s main job is to play and learn. This is where OT comes in; Occupational Therapists can evaluate your child’s skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and then compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for their age group. We all know as parents that kids learn and develop at different ages, and that is also taken into consideration with the occupational therapist.
Occupation can be defined as the way in which we occupy our time. Thus, our time is divided into three categories of activities in which we take part daily:
• Self-Care: sleeping, eating, grooming, dressing, and toileting
• Work: effort that is exerted to do or make something, or perform a task
• Leisure: free, unoccupied time in which one chooses to do something they enjoy (i.e., hobby, tv, socializing, sports, “chill out”, read, write, listen to music, travel, etc.)
If you read these very carefully, you will see that any task or use of our time during the day fits into one of these three categories.
This is important to recognize the basis for the meaning of the term “occupation“. It IS how we spend our time; whether paid or unpaid, restful or fun, obligation or choice, it gives us purpose, and allows us to interact with, be productive, and function in the world around us to the best of our ability.
It is our job, as an Occupational Therapist to figure out which areas are suffering and how we can assist that person in performing these activities in a more functional, successful and independent way.
Here is where the “therapy” comes in. If, at any point in our lives (whether present at birth or onset at a later time), illness, injury or disability prevents us from effectively or independently functioning in one or more “occupational” areas, then it is the job of Occupational Therapy to provide intervention which will help you reclaim function, maintain level of functioning, or make accommodations and/or suggestions for any deficits your child may be experiencing.
In addition to dealing with a child’s well-being, OT therapists address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some kids.
Kids with the following illnesses or injuries might benefit from OT:
· birth injuries or birth defects
· sensory processing disorders
· traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
· learning problems
· autism/pervasive developmental disorders
· mental health or behavioral problems
· broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
· developmental delays
· post-surgical conditions
· spina bifida
· traumatic amputations
· severe hand injuries
· multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
The Goal of OT
One of the most frequent questions every Occupational Therapist hears when we announce our profession is, “What is Occupational Therapy?… Oh, is that like Physical Therapy (PT)?” Truthfully, there are aspects of Occupational Therapy that overlap with Physical Therapy, as our clients often have multiple issues which are best treated through a team approach. Although we may do activities for strengthening and increasing movement, we approach therapy differently than PT.
Generally, Physical Therapists do exercises purely for exercise’s sake to increase strength, range of motion, and particular body and muscle movements for the eventual outcome of increased function and mobility.
Occupational Therapy has the same goal in mind (increasing function and independence) in regards to physical disabilities and limitations, and we may use repetitive exercises, but most often we use them in the context of a “functional activity”.
As you may have seen already, or may see afterwards on the multiple pages within this site, there are many functional, developmental and “behavioral” issues that accompany children with this disorder. Once we correctly identify these deficits, we then have a unique role in their treatment!
Finding Care for Your Child
If you think your child might benefit from occupational therapy, ask your doctor to refer you to a specialist. The school nurse or guidance counselor also might be able to recommend someone based on your child’s academic or social performance.
Please contact us, we will be more than happy to point you in the right direction and get you on the right path with finding the right therapist for your child.
You also can check your local yellow pages, search online, or contact your state’s occupational therapy association or a nearby hospital or rehabilitation center for referrals.
However you find an occupational therapist for your child, make sure that your health insurance company covers the program you select.