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Occupational Therapy

Children are naturally curious and want to explore and learn about their environment. They want to be involved in many of the activities that happen in their home. Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OTs) can evaluate how children use their upper body, hands, hand-eye coordination, self-help skills including dressing, feeding, helping with household chores. OTs also help children with sensory issues and difficulties that may include: attention issues, aversion of certain activities and textures, increased attention to specific activities and objects, sleep difficulties, eating difficulties, etc.

At Assential Therapies our OTs offer parent education about each child’s challenges and diagnosis. We then help the families to learn new strategies to help support their child’s fine motor, self-help and sensory development. We help guide families to learn and use specific strategies and techniques to help their child learn and participate in all activities. Our OTs have access to our multi-disciplinary team to help to coordinate care and to treat the whole child and family. We work with a variety of medical professionals and specialists including pediatricians, orthopedic surgeons, orthotists, school district staff, etc.

Who Can Benefit?

Many parents and families have questions about how their children play, move and achieve their milestones. Some of the children who may benefit from an evaluation and treatment may include:

  • Genetic Syndromes e.g. Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, etc.
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Premature infants
  • High, low or fluctuating muscle tone (hypertonicity or hypotonicity)
  • Difficulties participating in daily activities such as dressing, brushing teeth, eating, etc.
  • Difficulties with play and/or attention span
  • Sensory processing difficulties or sensory processing disorder
  • Difficult to calm or extreme in their reactions
  • Difficulties with Praxis or Dyspraxia
  • Motor planning difficulties
  • Neurological disorders leading to asymmetry or poor motor coordination
  • Handwriting difficulties

Difficulties with motor coordinator, fine motor skills, activities of daily living (ADLs) and sensory concerns may be addressed through evaluation and treatment as needed in individual or group Occupational Therapy.

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