Occupational Therapy

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What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession in which the therapists are trained to improve an individual’s occupational performance. A pediatric occupational therapist works with the child and the child’s family to improve a child’s ability to play, learn, and/or perform self-care skills such as getting dressed and feeding oneself. An occupational therapist evaluates the child’s fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, sensory processing, and self-care care skills, as well as range of motion, muscle tone, motor planning, functional communication and social adaptation. If the child and family would benefit from occupational therapy, the occupational therapist will recommend treatment and will use his or her knowledge in sensory integration, anatomy, neurology, kinesiology, child development, medical diagnosis and current research to improve the child’s occupational performance. The therapy sessions should appear to be fun for the child and will often look like play… which is of course a child’s most important occupation.

Children with difficulties processing sensory and motor information often do not perform at their optimal level. They may present with “bad behaviors” that are actually the child’s way of compensating for and coping with sensory and motor processing demands. The skilled occupational therapists at Sensory City help children to bridge gaps in development and gain the essential skills to succeed in their daily “occupations”. These occupations include carrying out daily routines, playing with friends, and participating in school and family life.

We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the following skills:

  • Sensory integration
  • Self regulation
  • Fine motor
  • Gross motor
  • Visual perception
  • Visual motor
  • Handwriting
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Motor planning
  • Strengthening
  • Self help skills
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