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Occupational Therapy (OT)

and its role in development

 

Occupational Therapy (OT) is an important aspect of our clinic. OT plays a large role in a child’s sensory processing, bilateral integration, attention, handwriting, and feeding abilities.

Build Sensory Processing

Encourage Bilateral Integration

Strengthen Attention & Handwriting

Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing involves perceiving, controlling, organizing, and interpreting different sensations in order to optimize daily performance.

Deficits in sensory processing can lead to difficulties performing activities of daily living like playing, learning, socialization, and utilizing appropriate behavior.

Signs of dysfunction in the 7 sensory systems include:

1: MOVEMENT & POSITION (PROPRIOCEPTION)
clumsiness, rough play, deliberate falls

2: TOUCH
difficulty with personal space awareness, dislike touching or playing with messy things, specific about clothing textures

3: GRAVITY & BALANCE (VESTIBULAR)
difficulty staying still during tasks, craving spinning or swinging, experiences car sickness

4: SMELL
sensitive to smell

5: TASTE
limits food textures, eats inappropriate objects like paper or playdoh

6: VISION
poor eye contact, difficulty tracking objects, loses place while reading

7: HEARING SENSITIVITIES
sensitive to noises, doesn’t always respond to name, constantly distracted by background noise

Bilateral Integration

Bilateral Integration is the ability to use both sides of the body together in order to perform a task or activity. Some activities require each side of the body to perform the same motion, while others require different movements on each side. Using both the left and right sides of the body together is important for activities such as writing, cutting, typing, riding a bicycle, and most academic and gross motor activities. 

Signs of Bilateral Integration difficulties include:

»  Struggling or inability to catch balls
»  Beginning to walk at a late age
»  Poor rhythm
»  Using one hand to do something that needs two hands
»  Jerky movements

»  Not crossing the body’s midline
»  Clumsy motor skills
»  Difficulty dressing
»  Confusion identifying left versus right side

Oftentimes, difficulty with handwriting occurs in combination with poor posture and/or scapular stability. OT’s look specifically at postural deficits, fine motor skills, strength, sensory integration, and visual perceptual deficits that can affect a child’s ability to write legibly.

Attention

Attention difficulties are one of the most common neurobehavioral disorders of childhood that often lasts into adulthood. Attention difficulties share similar symptoms to conditions like anxiety, depression, and certain types of learning disabilities. 

Some signs of attention difficulties include:

»  Difficulty with organization
»  Easily distracted
»  Frequent fidgeting
»  Not being able to play quietly
»  Trouble taking turns

»  Forgetful
»  Difficulty interpreting instructions
»  Excessive talking
»  Frequent interruption
»  Constantly in motion

Let’s Work Together

If any of the above symptoms or conditions sound familiar to you or you have concerns about your child, please contact our office or your pediatrician. Ask for a referral to one of our Occupational Therapy specialists.

Plan For Your Visit

Insurance

We work with a variety of insurances so we can help your child receive high-quality care.

Please give our office a call with concerns regarding in and out-of-network benefits.

Referral

If you have concerns about your child's development progress, please contact our office or your pediatrician and ask for a referral to one of our specialists.

Questions

All questions regarding your child's wellbeing are valid. Make notes on any concerns you might have and we will give all the answers.

Explore All Therapies

Physical Therapy

We will address  strength, flexibility, body awareness, balance, posture, gait, and orthotics training.

Occupational Therapy

Enhance sensory processing, bilateral integration, attention, handwriting, and feeding abilities.

Speech Therapy

Fine-tune speech sounds, language, literacy, social communication, voice, fluency and cognitive communication.

Feeding Therapy

We work with a variety of behaviors from bottling to refusing food or difficulty chewing to help your child thrive.