Through occupational therapy we provide the opportunity to develop the strength, body awareness, balance, and perceptual abilities necessary to acquire gross and fine motor skills in order to make interacting with the environment a successful experience for your child.
A variety of sensory and movement experiences are provided at PediaSpeech to introduce the child to activities and interactions aimed at developing specific areas based on the child's needs. The approach taken at PediaSpeech is family oriented and parents are exposed to methods that can be taken home and incorporated into the daily routine with the goal of generalizing the child's learned skills across contexts.
Does your child need Occupational Therapy?
A referral for an occupational therapy evaluation may be necessary if your child has difficulties in several of the areas listed below or major functional problems in one area.
- Unusually fussy, easily startled, or difficult to console as an infant
- Slow to achieve motor milestones, such as rolling over, creeping, sitting, standing, or walking
- Strongly dislikes and protests baths, hair washing, haircutting, or nail cutting
- Uses inappropriate amounts of force when handling objects, coloring, writing, or interacting with friends, sibling, or animals
- Leans on people, slumps when sitting, tires/fatigues easily, has poor muscle tone
- Falls frequently, bumps into furniture or people, is clumsy, or has difficulty judging position of his/her body in relation to space
Feedback from parents...
We've been working with Kris for almost a year. He is great at working with my 3 year old son and helping him achieve his developmental milestones. He is professional, personable, and we look forward to our weekly sessions with him!
PediaSpeech recently added an Occupational Therapist to their staff and we are thrilled with the addition. Kris is fantastic! He is incredibly creative with the ways he works with my daughter to meet her goals. He is also very patient with her when she tantrums during a task she does not want to complete. We are so glad PediaSpeech added OT to their services!
Physical disabilities include a wide range of disabilities and health issues. They can be either congenital or acquired. Physical disabilities interfere with a child's ability to attain the same developmental milestones as other children his or her age.
If appropriate, our Occupational Therapist can assist in addressing many of these issues and teach strategies that will help children with physical disabilities accomplish their goals and dreams.
Fine Motor Difficulties
Fine motor control is often thought of due to its essential role in participating in school-based activities such as writing, cutting, coloring, and manipulating any small objects. This area of development is also needed for independence in dressing, feeding, hygiene, play, and almost any facet of life one is engaged. Children require the development of fine motor skills to grasp and voluntarily release any object and complete tasks efficiently and effectively. Occupational therapy can affect change in this developmental area through strengthening, bilateral tasks, adaptive strategies, and parent education to help the child build confidence in what can be a very frustrating area of development.
Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)
Sensory Processing (sometimes called "Sensory Integration") refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses.
A child with SPD finds it difficult to process and act upon information received through the senses. Often times the sensory stimuli received is perceived as too high intensity (hypersensitivity / hyper-responsive) or not perceived at all (hyposensitivity / hypo-responsive). This can create everyday problems such as: poor motor planning, decreased body awareness, behavioral problems, anxiety, low self-esteem, poor understanding of one’s environment, and distress caused by being generally overwhelmed.
Fun Activities for Parents and Children at Home
- Movement Play - obstacle courses, Simon Says, follow the leader, bike riding, swimming, jumping into / on cushions, exercise ball activities...
- Tactile play - sand, water, leaves, shaving / whipped cream, shampoo, rice, etc.
- Arts and crafts activities - promote fun fine motor play
- Clay or Play-doh - helps children explore their creative side and improved fine motor strength, using both hands together, and isolating finger movements.
- Pediastaff - one of the best sites broken into categories for finding great play and therapy ideas
- Crayola - Arts and crafts and free coloring pages to work on those fine motor skills.
- Discount School Supplies - http://www.pfot.com/ or http://www.discountschoolsupply.com - sites full of educational material and toys specific to developmental skills