Pediatric occupational therapy assists infants, toddlers, children, and youth in gaining independence while strengthening and supporting the development of fine motor, gross motor, sensory-motor, and visual motor skills that children utilize and are required for them to perform daily occupations. Pediatric occupational therapists are equipped to address sensory processing issues, as well as support children and parents to address childrens' behavioral struggles. For the pediatric population, the main occupations include playing and socializing as well as ADL’s (activities of daily life) and IADL’s (instrumental activities of daily life).
As pediatric occupational therapists, we will support you and your child to gain skills to work towards meaningful gains; improving fine motor skills to grasp and release toys; support overall development for daily tasks including dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating; improve social skills to interact and play with others; address sensory processing issues to improve your child’s overall interaction with the world; improve coordination and strength to climb and play on playground equipment, among many other things!
Our pediatric occupational therapists will evaluate and treat children with a wide variety of diagnoses including: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, ADD/ADHD, chromosomal abnormalities, learning disabilities, executive functioning deficits, physical disabilities, etc. Evaluations vary based on your child’s specific needs but will look at all aspects of your child’s development. Treatment plans will be created and your occupational therapist will work closely with caregivers, school personnel, other medical professional, etc.