OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Sensory Integration

SOS Feeding therapy

M.O.R.E. Therapy

Vision Therapy

Occupational Therapy Groups

Occupational therapy focuses on improving motor, sensory and cognitive-perceptual skills in order to achieve maximum functionality and independence in the activities of daily living. Play, socialization with other children, dressing and undressing, fine and gross motor skills and graphomotor performance are some of the areas in which occupational therapy can bring about significant improvements in the daily life of a child and their family.

The child’s occupational therapist assesses the child’s play skills, performance in the school environment, and self-care in daily activities using validated assessment tools, typical developmental milestones, and the child’s history. Some common parental concerns may include:

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The child does not play with the usual toys for their age group

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They have great difficulty with self-care, e.g. putting on clothes, eating by themselves

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They often fall onto others, the floor or even furniture

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They break their toys and don’t like jumping or going to the playground

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The child is hyperactive and cannot sit still

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They have difficulty concentrating

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They do not like hugs, bathing, cutting nails, hair

More specifically, the occupational therapist can help with disorders that have been diagnosed by a developmental or child psychiatrist or child neurologist, such as:

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Autism / pervasive developmental disorders

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Dissociation / Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity / ADHD

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Developmental delay

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Syndromes (Down, Angelman, etc.)

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Neurological disorders (cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, etc.)

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Brachial plexus paresis

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Sensory disturbances

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Learning disabilities

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Motor coordination disorders

The child’s occupational therapist can, for example, help to strengthen:

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Fine motor skills, e.g. picking up and dropping various toys

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Processing and recording ofsensory stimuli, e.g. clumsiness, sensory defensiveness

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Visual-motor coordination, e.g. hitting a target, hitting a ball, copying a design

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Basic daily activities, eg dressing, washing

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Positive behaviour in relation to other children, egnot hitting, waiting your turn, following instructions

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Looking after themselves and the choices of adaptive aids for children with mobility difficulties

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Concentration, attention and social skills.

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