What is Unique about Theracare Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services?
Pediatric OT at Theracare is conducted in a sensory-rich environment using evidence-based practices which facilitate a child to more fully participate in the activities of daily living. We will help your child learn to interact with friends, engage in extracurricular activities, learn better in school, and experience success in childhood occupations such as eating, sleeping, dressing and grooming.
We empower parents through education and coaching. We engage parents and other caretakers in the therapy session so they can learn more about their child from the perspective of sensory and motor development. In this way, we incorporate a family’s priorities into the treatment.
We start with a comprehensive individualized OT evaluation that identifies components of sensory processing disorder (SPD). Children with SPD, a neurological disorder affecting 1 in 6 people, misinterpret everyday sensory information such as touch, sound and movement. They may feel bombarded by information, may seek out intense sensory experiences, and / or may be unaware of sensations that others feel. They may also have sensory-motor symptoms such as weak muscles, clumsiness or delayed motor skills.
We combine best-practice occupational therapy with a sensory integration approach. Our therapists connect with your child by establishing an initial rapport that allows long term relationships to develop. We incorporate vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile sensory interventions into our treatment sessions. We help children develop motor planning skills and organizational skills. We build each child’s postural control, ocular, oral motor and bilateral coordination skills as a foundation to functional living.
Our therapy looks like PLAY! We design each OT treatment session with play as the platform for engagement. During therapy, your child will be guided through activities that provide increasing challenges to his / her ability to respond appropriately to sensory input. We use a variety of activities to develop a child’s neurological foundation, thus improving functional skills. Because it is crucial to keep a child motivated, we incorporate your child’s interests into treatment sessions. We provide each child with activity choices in their treatment sessions. We modify tasks to offer children ‘just right’ challenges to engage in an adaptive response for the next step of their growth and development. We will assist your child to attain and maintain the appropriate level of alertness by presenting motivating activities so that your child can fully participate in the therapy sessions.
In summary, your child will love OT at Theracare Pediatric Therapy clinic!