Occupational Therapy is devoted to help children
function completely in their daily life. When problems arise
that limit performance in daily life, we enhance proper development
through treatment, in a fun, yet therapeutic way. We work on each
child's individual deficits. We emphasize on teaching eye-hand coordination
skills and developing fine and gross motor skills.
Children have a great time when they
build texture structures and vehicles using interlocking blocks,
primary color building blocks, wood blocks and legos! Other hands
on manipulatives such as: puzzles, pegboards, attribute lacing buttons,
tying & zipper boards, and plastic beads help children build
the necessary eye-hand coordination skills, as well as build fine
motor skills. Giant activity balls, and heavy duty vinyl kangaroo
jumping balls are used to build large muscle strength and balance.
Specially designed soft balls, putty and playdough, special texture
balls and all sized utility balls are used for gripping, throwing,
catching, kicking, and bouncing to enhance gross motor skills.
Hands on activities help children practice
handwriting skills. Desk tapes and modified handwriting paper assist
children with limited fine motor skills. Therapists use magnetic
and tactile letters to teach writing. Letter groove manipulatives
and modified pencil grips help the children acquire more controlled
motor skills and help them form letters correctly. Tweezers &
tongs are used to pick up dried beans, buttons, and cotton to strengthen
fine motor muscles for multisensory fun in a kinesthetic way.
Sensory integration also plays an integral
part of each therapy session. It allows children to develop
skills to appropriately interact with the world around them. In
turn, sensory integration helps decrease social and emotional problems
as well as distractibility.
When children have an over sensitivity to touch, movement, sights,
or sounds; we help regulate the basic senses through a variety of
activities such as: rolling in mats tightly, providing gentle joint
compression to the shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles
by providing firm pressure, massage, and brushing.
We teach postural control & motor initiation
through jumping on trampolines, moving through obstacle courses,
hopping, skipping, and alternating movements; as well as bouncing
on therapy balls, swinging and much, much more!!!
Children harldy realize it's a therapy session
at all. So many fascinating tools are used for the children
so they can grow and learn!! A full kinesthetic tactual approach
is explored through stretch sand frogs, water animals, sand toys,
textured sensory balls, silly noise colored silly putty, squeezers,
sculpting clay, and animal jigglers!! Children will really enjoy
awakening their senses!!!