Occupational Therapy

 

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are skilled in the assessment of “occupation” which is any activity that a person does for daily self­care, play or leisure enjoyment, or vocation (job). The occupation of play becomes a child’s work as it is vitally important to the progression of a child’s learning and development. The occupational therapist is able to identify areas of strength in interest and skill to blend with areas of need in order so that progression of skills can occur.

Why occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists are skilled in the assessment of “occupation” which is any activity that a person does for daily self-care, play or leisure enjoyment, or vocation. The occupation of play becomes a child’s work as it is vitally important to the progression of a child’s development. The occupational therapist is able to identify areas of strength in interest and skill to blend with areas of need in order so that progression of skills can occur.

Treatment

Occupational Therapists at Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. are certified by the National Board of Occupational Therapy, are licensed by the state of Minnesota Department of Health, and are CPR and First Aid trained. Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. Occupational Therapists provide a skilled service that identifies, through evaluation, the key components that disable a child.  Our Occupational Therapists also identify your child’s strengths and build on them to further function. Our Occupational Therapists use a combination of child directed and therapist directed approaches to target a variety of areas, including the following:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Upper Body Strength & Coordination
  • Balance
  • Self-Help Skills (i.e. Feeding, Dressing, Bathing)
  • Attention Difficulties
  • Sensory Integration Disorders
  • Sensory Modulation
  • Behavior Modulation
  • Behavior Regulation
  • Positioning, Adaptive Equipment
  • Upper Body Splinting to Prevent Poor Posturing and Improve Functional Independence
  • Executive Functioning

Specialized Treatment

Occupational Therapists at Pediatric Therapy Services, Inc. have also advanced their areas of training in the following treatment approaches:

  • Myofascial Release
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Interactive Metronome Training
  • Certified Handwriting Specialist – Handwriting Without Tears
  • Neurofeedback Training
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Neurodevelopmental Treatment Approaches such as NDT & PNF
  • Visual-Vestibular Therapy/ Visual and Vestibular Processing Assessment
  • Vision Therapy & Occular- Motor Exercises
  • Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils
  • Relaxation Strategies and Mindfulness Practices
  • Systematic Oral Sequential (SOS) Feeding approach
  • Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention
  • Level 1 Hippotherapy
  • Reflex Integration Approaches such as Masgutova & Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training
  • Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Physical Agent Modalities (PAMS)
  • OT Level I and Level II Fieldwork Supervision

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