What is Pediatric OT?
Occupational therapists build skills at each stage of development to promote participation in play, learning, and activities of daily living. Occupational Therapist’s engage in play-based therapy, providing “just right challenges” to encourage development towards goals established by the family and occupational therapist.
Who do we serve?
ICCD offers occupational therapist assessment and therapy for children from birth through adolescence. Although not all children have a formal medical diagnosis, ICCD occupational therapists have expertise in evaluating and treating:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delays
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Fine and Gross Motor Coordination Disorder
- Genetic Disorders
- Other Psychological and Neurological conditions
How do we serve?
Every child receives a screening evaluation and then an individualized treatment plan is created in conjunction with the therapist and family. Examples of skills that occupational therapists can address include:
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Sensory Processing/Integration
- Self-Care Skills
- Feeding Therapy
- Visual-Motor/Visual Perception
- Self-regulation/coping skills
- Play Skills
- Executive Functioning
Unsure if occupational therapy is right for your child? View a list of red flags that might indicate your child would benefit from occupational therapy. If you have any questions about occupational therapy or our services, please contact Caroline Brinkert, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you indicate yes to any of these areas, your child may benefit from an occupational therapy evaluation and intervention.
- Delayed fine motor skills (skills using small muscles of the hand): For example, has difficulty playing with age appropriate toys with small pieces, poor handwriting, difficulty with self-feeding, poor hand-eye coordination.
- Delayed Gross Motor Skills (skills using large muscles): delayed or skipped developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, jumping or climbing stairs, decreased balance, difficulty catching or kicking a ball, difficulty with riding a bike.
- Lack of Attention/organization: has difficulty maintaining attention in class or a conversation, difficulty remembering things, poor organization skills
- Hyperactivity: impulsive, difficulty keeping hands off people and things
- Visual Scanning Problems: difficulty reading without skipping to another line, difficulty copying information from a board at school, slow to find hidden objects in a picture or word search
- Visual-Perception Problems: difficulty with puzzles or copying shape designs
- Sensory Concerns: responds too much or too little to sounds, movement, heights, touching and being touched, types of clothing. Becomes distressed with self-care tasks like hair washing, teeth brushing or nail cutting.
- Poor Body Awareness: may be seen as “clumsy”, fall frequently, bumps into furniture and people, may have trouble judging position of body in relation to others and space, uses inappropriate amount of force with siblings or pets.
- Feeding Problems: picky eater, difficulty chewing or swallowing, sloppy or clumsy eater
- Delayed Self-Care Skills: difficulty with age appropriate dressing, feeding, personal hygiene, or toileting.
- Transitions: difficulty with transitions or change of plans. Prefers routines and can be rigid or controlling.
- Motor Planning: has difficulty learning new motor tasks; needs more practice time to master new tasks, difficulty imitating actions or movements.