Occupational Therapy works to strengthen the brain-muscle connection involved in completing everyday tasks such as self-help skills, handwriting, and more. This type of pediatric therapy may also integrate sensory activities to assist children in processing the world around them more effectively.
- Sensory processing
- Fine and visual motor
- Gross motor
- Peabody Developmental Motor Scales - combines in-depth assessment with training or remediation of gross and fine motor skills of children from birth through 5 years.
- The REAL - Roll Evaluation of Activities of Life, offers a useful screening instrument to help professionals assess children’s ability to care for themselves at home, at school, and in the community.
- Sensory Processing Measure - provides a complete picture of children's sensory processing difficulties at school and at home. SPM-P extends the popular SPM down to age 2, making early intervention possible.
- The Print Tool - evaluates capitals, numbers, lowercase letters, and seven specific handwriting components: memory, orientation, placement, size, start, sequence, and word spacing.
- BOT2 - delivers the most precise and comprehensive measure of motor skills, both gross and fine. It contains subtests and challenging game-like tasks and is very easy to administer.
- Beery VMI- helps assess the extent to which individuals can integrate their visual and motor abilities
- Visual Motor Integration
- Visual Perception
- Motor Coordination
Occupational Therapy (OT) is geared towards assisting individuals to increase their independence in all aspects of their lives (self-care, play skills, school, and pre-school readiness).
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Our occupational therapists promote development in psychological, social, and environmental components of one’s life that has been or currently is impeding their independent functioning. This type of treatment uses constructive & engaging activities to challenge and improve thinking, physical, and motor skills. Some of the skills we can help your child develop are self-care abilities, tolerating different kinds of sensations/sensory input, and playing with age-appropriate games/ toys. Our occupational therapists will develop a treatment plan specific to your child’s needs. Our goal is to provide a healthy challenge to your child while engaging them with fun and constructive activities.
Activities of Daily Living (ADL)
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) involve any occupations that are related to self-care skills, daily routines, play skills, and even social interactions. Some of these skills involve eating, dressing, brushing teeth, to name a few. There are various activities, both contrived and naturally occurring, that are aimed at improving these skills during our sessions.
Fine motor skills mainly involve hand motions which allow for pincer grip and appropriate pencil grasp. These skills are worked on through a variety of methods including fine motor games and drawing. Handwriting is a common fine motor skill we can address as your child nears Kindergarten. Handwriting Without Tears is one of the many strategies First Leap uses to improve handwriting skills.
During sensory activities, your child and the therapist interact in a sensory-rich environment that may include: swinging, spinning, and other sensory opportunities that are structured like a playground. The goal of the session is to provide your child with sensory input based on their sensory needs that allows them to not only increase attendance but also to practice calming strategies.