Areas of Occupational Therapy Services are listed below:
Gross Motor Skills
Movements relating to the large muscle groups such as our legs, arms and trunks
OTs can work with children to improve motor planning, sequencing, coordination, strength and balance to allow them to develop functional skills such as walking, running, jumping, climbing, & ball skills
Fine Motor Skills
Movements relating to the smaller muscle groups such as the hands and fingers.
OTs can work with children to improve fine motor coordination, grasp and release, object manipulation, hand strength and dexterity
Printing & Writing Competence
Pencil grasp, letter recognition and formation as well as written organization
Our ability to take in information from our senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, gravitational changes & body awareness), and process them accurately
Sensory processing challenges can lead to difficulties with self-regulation, attention, motor planning and many other functional skills.
Self-regulation: The ability to adjust and maintain appropriate arousal levels for given situations or tasks
Emotional regulation: The ability to identify, manage and cope with emotions.
Perspective taking, group participation, functional peer & adult interactions, and flexibility
Pretend play and functional peer play skills including sharing and turn taking
Visual Motor Integration
Ability to coordinate visual perception and fine motor skills
These skills are important for functional tasks such as printing
Assistive Devices & Environmental Adaptation
Implemented devices or adaptations to an individual's environment that allow for maintenance or increase in independence of the child in everyday life
Classroom/home modifications, accommodations, equipment and assistive devices to improve participation in daily activities.
Executive functions, attention, information processing, self-monitoring and learning skills
Participation in daily routines including grooming, washing, feeding and dressing
Treatment Approaches / Qualifications
Michelle Garcia Winner's Social Thinking