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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps people with their daily “occupations. Occupations are all of the important jobs a person does in a day. For children this can include playing, eating, using the bathroom, dressing, grooming and sometimes completing school work.

Occupational therapists can help determine what may be interfering with a child’s ability to easily perform their daily occupations. Children can have lots of different difficulties that can contribute to challenges.  Sometimes they are not able to move their bodies the way they need to. Sometimes a task is difficult because the child is overwhelmed by sounds, smells or too much movement. Other times, children can move so much it interferes with their ability to do their jobs. Occupational therapists can identify a child’s strengths and challenges and set up fun and engaging ways to improve a child’s skills.  Some specific areas an OT can help with include:

  • Autism
  • Auditory Processing delays
  • Behavior Problems
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Fine Motor delays
  • Gross Motor delays
  • Handwriting difficulties
  • Isolated Socially
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Pervasive Developmental Delay
  • Poor Coordination
  • Poor Play Skills
  • Sensory Processing difficulties
  • Visual Perceptual delay

Additional Services

Therapeutic Listening- Therapeutic Listening is a sound based protocol developed by Sheila Frick, OTR, which utilizes the organized sound patterns found in music to affect the nervous system on all levels. There is direct input to the auditory and vestibular systems. The protocol also involves breath activities, core work and other sensory strategies to integrate all areas of the nervous system to encourage organization of the mind and body. The music varies in complexity, style and filtering. Clients listen to music on headphones, thirty minutes, twice per day. Therapeutic Listening is helpful for clients with sensory processing issues, such as tactile defensiveness, food aversions, motor coordination issues, behavioral issues and poor attention. 

Please visit these external websites for more information regarding Occupational Therapy:

American Occupational Therapy Association

What is Therapeutic Listening?