Occupational Therapy

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Pediatric occupational therapists are experts in sensory processing, self care and fine motor skills.  A child with autism might see an OT to help support sensory sensitivities such as touch sensitivity or sound sensitivity.  A child with poor handwriting might see a children’s occupational therapist to help with their pencil grasp.


What does an occupational therapist do?

Our OT works closely with the family to make your child more functional and independent. The following are examples: Self-care or activities of daily living (brushing teeth, buttoning clothes, using eating utensils), Hand-eye coordination (writing on a classroom whiteboard, copying in a notebook what the teacher writes on the board), Fine motor skills (grasping and controlling a pencil, using scissors) and Sensory integration (Sensory processing disorder, autism).


Next Steps

1. We begin with a complimentary phone consultation to answer your questions and discuss your concerns. We will also determine the appropriate next steps for your child. When an evaluation is recommended, we will schedule your first appointment.
2. You and your child will meet with a licensed occupational therapist in our clinic. Evaluations include observations, standardized testing, parent interviews, and therapist-child interaction. At the end of the session, we will discuss the results and recommendations. If therapy is recommended, you will schedule your sessions. 
3. When therapy is recommended, we will collaborate to determine a treatment plan and occupational therapy schedule that works best for your family. The frequency of therapy will be based on your needs and your child's goals.

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