What is Occupational Therapy?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOccupational therapy is the use of meaningful or creative activity to promote independence of a child who is limited by a physical, developmental, emotional, neurological or sensory integrative impairment. Children who have difficulty with sensory processing, fine motor, gross motor, handwriting, written output and self care skills may benefit from occupational therapy.

 

Services

We specialize in the assessment and treatment of children who have difficulties with sensory processing, fine motor, gross motor, handwriting, written output, perceptual and self care skills. Treatment plans are based on the needs of the child and the parents’ concerns. occupational_therapy-photo_3One-hour or half-hour sessions are scheduled upon the request of the parents and involve 1:1 direct treatment. Since children have an innate drive to move, explore and learn through play, therapy activities incorporate the therapeutic use of play and movement to increase function, skills and confidence. Therapy programs are customized for each child. Parents are encouraged to remain during the treatment sessions to enable the therapist to provide consultation, up-date the treatment plan and goals, and review recommendations for the week.

 

Occupational Therapy Programs

Play and movement-based learning programs encompass a child`s interests and motivation while teaching core skills

Pre-Writing and School Readiness Programs promote pre-printing formations, cutting, drawing, colouring, number formations and letter formations.

Writing Programs promote letter formations, printing and taking notes legibly, cursive writing and generation of ideas on paper. Collaboration with Deb Briggs to promote developmentally appropriate written output programs.

occupational_therapy-photo_2Keyboarding and Assistive Technology programs promote keyboarding skills and the proficiency of Kurzweil, Inspiration, Word Q and Speak Q in order to develop written output and the generation of ideas through technology. Discover low-technology devices to assist your child’s written output.

Visual Motor Integration and Visual Perceptual Programs promote eye hand coordination, visual spatial perception, organization of written work, copying notes from the board, and placing letters on the line. These programs focus on the perception of differences and relationships between objects in the environment which impact function. Collaboration with Dr. Patrick Quaid to support binocular vision issues.

Sensory-Motor and Gross Motor Programs promote body awareness, balance, motor planning, coordination, endurance, self-regulation and attention. Through sensory-motor activities, children discover what motivates them and enables them to learn and stay focused.

 

As this is a service provided by a Registered Occupational Therapist, you may have coverage for this service through insurance or therapeutic funding.

Contact Information:
Tel: 519-836-9610
e-mail: carol@letstalkguelph.ca