Occupational Therapy

(Fine, Gross and Sensory Processing)

Our therapy is available for children & adults experiencing difficulty in any of the following areas: 

 

Sensory Processing 

  • Sensory processing (sometimes called “sensory integration” or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. When sensory signals do not get organized into appropriate responses, a Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction) occurs.  A person with SPD may find it difficult to process and respond following information received through the senses. These challenges make it difficult to perform countless everyday tasks. Persons with SPD, if not treated effectively, may experience a wide variety of challenges such as, but not limited to, motor clumsiness, behavioral problems, anxiety, and school failure.

 

Feeding Therapy

(Expanding food choices, tolerating textures and flavors)  

  • The “Picky Eaters” program has been designed for children with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) or simply children coined as “the picky eater”. The ultimate goal of our feeding therapy is to instill a positive approach to food, help the child learn to eat a variety of foods, and establish independent and healthy eating for the child so nutritious family meals can be enjoyed by and with all family members.

 

Sessions may be individual, or offered in a group setting, depending on the needs of the child.

 

Fine & Gross Motor Skills

  • The quality of a child’s fine motor (hands) and gross motor (large muscles) skill development impacts every area of their life. Although not all motor skill weaknesses require therapy, for some children a skill that is slow to develop can become a source of frustration or can impact important developmental tasks such as writing, dressing, mobility, stability, participating in sports , as well as cognitive and emotional/social development.

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