Occupational Therapy Services
We provide the following services for children, adolescents and adults:
- Comprehensive evaluations
- Consultation / Parent Training
- Sensory diets
- Sound Therapy
We offer specialized services to help children improve attention, motivation, confidence, learning, behavior, social/play skills, motor skills, executive functioning skills and overall independent functioning, using occupational therapy, sensory processing and sensory motor strategies. Many children make dramatic gains when our approach is applied.
All of our services are highly individualized to meet the specific needs of your child. We use a warm and caring approach, and focus on bringing out your child’s strengths by setting him/her up for success. Through our comprehensive evaluations, we focus on providing you with answers and practical information. When providing consultation and treatment, our goal is to create permanent improvements that will result in greater independence and success in all areas of your child’s life.
We look forward to meeting you and your child, and working with you to address his/her most challenging obstacles.
Main Areas Of Focus
- Sensory processing and sensory integration
- Gross motor
- Fine motor
- Behavior regulation
- Flexibility of behavior
- Play skills
- Social interaction
- Self help (dressing, hygiene/grooming, feeding, etc)
- Problem solving
- Decision making
- Planning and organization
- Self monitoring
- Endurance and strengthening
We advocate for the importance of educating families, caregivers, and professionals on the impact of sensory processing problems in a child’s life. We have relentlessly worked on sharing our vision with others so that children can learn better, live a less stressful life, and be more independent. Our approach effectively integrates interventions to improve sensory processing in all aspects of a child’s development. When properly implemented, our interventions help children to develop at their optimal pace and more fully participate in their own lives.
Most Common Diagnoses We Evaluate And Treat
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without Hyperactivity
- Brain Injury
- Bipolar Disorder
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
- Non Verbal Learning Disorder
- Tourette’s Syndrome
Our Treatment Approach
Each occupational therapy program is completely individualized for each child and family. We treat the whole child and not just the symptoms! Parent education and involvement is a key aspect of our unique, family-centered approach.
Our treatment approach typically includes a combination of individual weekly therapy sessions in our clinic and consultation with you, the parents, to help you extend the benefits of the therapy into the home environment.
Our emphasis on parent education is another critical component of our successful therapeutic model. Parents are encouraged to observe the therapy sessions to fully understand which approaches may be helpful and witness their child’s development while he or she is having fun. We maintain close communication with our families between therapy sessions.
In the past few years, whenever occupational therapy treatment has been recommended, we have often implemented a Sound Therapy program as part of our treatment and consultation. We have found that Sound Therapy often cuts down on the length of therapy and accelerates the child’s rate of progress.
Our therapy sessions focus on many educational, emotional, motor, sensory, social, and overall developmental factors. We primarily utilize sensory processing, sensory motor, cognitive, and psychosocial approaches. For our younger clients, we always include a significant play component in all of our sessions, which encourages creativity, imagination, emotional flexibility, and healthy exploration. For our older clients, we add a meta-cognitive approach, which promotes self reflection, self monitoring, and better learning.
Understanding why a child is struggling at home, school, or socially, is a complex task that we take very seriously. Our occupational therapy evaluations use a unique process that aims to identify the underlying issues leading to your child’s performance breakdown in various areas. Each assessment is carefully individualized to ensure that we identify all factors potentially contributing to your child’s difficulties. Our assessments typically focus on evaluating your child’s sensory processing and sensory motor skills in the areas of attention, behavior regulation, organization, fine motor, visual motor, auditory motor, gross motor, play, social interaction, self care and overall independence for age level activities.
Our assessment recommendations will allow you to determine if your child’s difficulties in the home, school, and socially are related to difficulties with sensory processing and sensory motor skills. Our recommendations may include a variety of approaches for the home or the school including sensory diets, occupational therapy consultation and treatment, or additional referrals for other disciplines.
We are always concerned with using our time in the most cost-effective manner. We will always discuss our recommendations with you and help you prioritize your concerns.
What Is Sensory Processing?
Sensory processing is the ability of the brain to process all sensations so that we can interact adequately with our environment. Sensory processing is so basic to human functioning that we often take it for granted and do not realize its importance. From the moment we awake until the time we fall asleep, we are constantly bombarded by sensations. These sensations may come in many different forms, like heat, cold, sounds, pain, smells, visuals, the feel of clothing on our skin, sensations of movement, etc. The role of sensations is to help us remain connected to our environment. Sensations allow us to understand where we are and what we are doing.
Sensations give meaning to our experiences and are an essential component of child development. Our motivation to interact with our environment is based on our sensory experiences. As we engage with our environment, we begin to understand how the world works. This understanding is the foundation for all further skill development. Sensations act as powerful building blocks in the learning process. Proper sensory processing is essential for children to develop adaptive and functional skills of every day life, such as motor skills, self help skills, social skills, play skills, and school readiness skills. Adequate sensory processing promotes healthy self-esteem, confidence, adaptability, and a drive to learn without fear. Sensations strongly contribute to the healthy development of motivation, attention, overall behavior regulation, motor skills, play skills, social skills, and cognitive skills.
Sensory processing problems can greatly effect all areas of child development. Some children may have an imbalanced nervous system that cannot adapt to even the simplest situations. They may have poor attention, lack of motivation, difficulty understanding the situation and difficulty interacting and learning. As children are unable to cope with the physical and mental demands placed on them, they are likely to display behavioral problems, such as self-stimulatory and/or self-injurious, task avoidance behaviors, lack of flexibility, high anxiety, fear, etc. It is important to understand that these children have no control over these behaviors, as they have an underlying neurological basis. However, our occupational therapy approach has helped many children overcome some of these challenges.
A child with sensory processing problems, he may have poor balance and poor body awareness, and as a result may be more likely to trip, fall, and hurt himself when moving. This child will not be motivated to participate in social/physical games or other physically challenging situations. He may become more withdrawn or seek attention in a negative way as he is feeling incompetent around others.
Sensory processing problems can cause a child to feel over stimulated by sensations in her environment. This child will have difficulty completing school work. S/he may be unable to remain seated for long periods of time, or unable to focus on the same tasks for more than a few seconds or minutes, greatly affecting the learning process.
Sensory processing problems can interfere with cognitive development. For example, when a child is unable to engage in childhood activities such as building with blocks, s/he may not be able to develop the organizational, social and problem solving skills that typically would have been learned in that process.
Our occupational therapy services integrate findings from the fields of neuroscience and neurobiology. Based on a thorough analysis of a child’s problems, abilities, and needs, we design individualized therapy programs to promote the development of attention, behavior regulation, social interaction, motor skills, confidence, and overall learning. The goal of our approach is to produce immediate improvement as well as permanent long lasting changes that will help your child reach their full potential.