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.
Sophia receives OT 1x/week for Sensory Processing Disorder at C.T.S. with Erin. She has gone from low tone upper body to climbing a rope ladder and rock wall! She is also able to walk in a figure 8 which she could never do because of poor motor planning. The confidence she has gained has also improved her speech and eye contact. Sophia also started EEG Neurofeedback. Her pre-school teachers have commented on her progress in reading and following instructions. I am excited to see the results EEG will have on her in a year.
- Gwen - Daughter, 4 y/o