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.
Brooke has been coming to Children’s Therapy Services for 9 months. She has always received therapy through school due to severe prematurity. But when we decided she would go to a private school, she would no longer receive the services. I was impressed upon meeting Linda as she told us so much more about Brooke and why she needs OT and PT besides her prematurity. We have seen a difference in Brooke’s muscle strength and the strength on her left side. Nora our PT and Jennifer our OT work very well with Brooke and always find ways to make therapy fun. As a toddler, Brooke would run from her therapist’s, but now she enjoys her time at therapy. Thank-you Linda, Nora and Jennifer!
- Andrea - Daughter, 6 y/o