Occupational Therapy has a multi-faceted approach depending upon the needs of the child. Many of the children referred to our clinic, starting as early as two years of age have difficulty processing sensory information and may have behavioral issues as well as “toe walking”. These children misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, movement and sound. They may feel bombarded by the sensory world or seek out intense sensory experiences. We also see children with neurological or motor issues that require strengthening of the arms and fingers.
Who Can Benefit: Children with the following challenges often benefit from occupational therapy services:
Therapeutic Listening®:A home program using special CD recordings to help improve attention, behavioral and emotional regulation, and sensory modulation.
Alert Program (How Does Your Engine Run): A program designed to teach children (and their parents and teachers) awareness of their body and strategies to help them maintain a calm, focused and organized state.
Handwriting Without Tears®: A systematic program to teach writing skills and help build school success.
SOS Feeding Program: A systematic program to expand a child’s eating repertoire and independence.
Interactive Metronome: This is a computer-based training program that has been shown to improve attention, coordination and timing for individuals with sensory processing difficulties. www.interactivemetronome.com
Integrated Listening System: This program combines auditory stimulation with balance, movement and visual-motor activities. www.integratedlistening.com.
We had our son who is two evaluated because of behavior issues that were not age appropriate and were causing such damage to our family life. We heard this term “Sensory Integration” and couldn’t believe what we were being told. As a family we decided to explore this type of therapy and figured what could it hurt. We was so unhappy and angry, we were willing to try anything except medication! In three months we have been amazed at the transformation in our son, he is happy, calm, plays independently and socially he plays so well with other children. It has brought us together as a family, the blame of “you’re a stay at home mom, why is his behavior so bad” has stopped. We know how to help him when he needs it. Our time here has changed our life on the most positive ways.
- Gavin - Son, 3 y/o