Occupational Therapy

occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is an important part of our integrative approach to helping the children we serve reach their highest potential.

OT aims to help individuals develop and/or regain skills important for independent functioning, health and well-being. To this end, we work with children to improve or maintain their ability to perform activities of daily living that are meaningful to that individual at home, school and in the community.

A child’s main job is playing and learning. Our goal  is to create an individualized OT program that will improve your child’s gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing (which affect their independent skills), play skills, and school performance.

 

What to expect from OT at Think:

  • Free Screening Interview: This will cover your child’s case history to help us better understand your child’s developmental milestones, medical history etc. Prior to this, you will be asked to fill our Initial Interview Form.
  • Initial Assessment: If we determine that your child would benefit from occupational therapy, the Occupational Therapist will conduct an assessment using a variety of formal and informal observations / tests to determine the level and type of intervention that will best suit your child. While the aim is to complete all the assessments in one session; some children do need more than one session to show us what they can do.
  • OT Plan: Upon completion of the assessment, the Occupational Therapist will design an OT plan specifically for your child. At this point you will be contacted by our offices for further information.

Parent inclusion

  • We strongly encourage parent involvement in all of our services, including OT. The OT plan for your child will include goals and milestones, which can be worked toward in the home and school setting. We arrange for regular meetings with parents and also provide parent training.

How do I know if my child needs OT?

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Your child may need OT if she/he has:

  • Difficulty in learning new gross motor skills.
  • A weak grasp.
  • Difficulty with coordinating the hand muscles with vision.
  • Decreased reactions to movements, sounds, or touch.
  • Delay in independent skills like toileting, dressing, and eating.