What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is the use of meaningful or creative activity to develop participation in tasks needed at home, school and in the community. Occupational therapists are health care professionals who help others learn new ways of doing things, such as printing or keyboarding. They use equipment, developmentally-appropriate activities, and environmental adaptations to make tasks easier at home and school. Children who have difficulty with sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, gross motor, handwriting, written output and self care skills may benefit from occupational therapy.
At Let’s Talk Guelph, occupational therapy is available for children, youth and young adults to help them develop skills, such as fine motor, handwriting, keyboarding and computer use or to provide strategies to promote self-regulation.
We specialize in the assessment and treatment of children who have difficulties with sensory processing, self-regulation, fine motor, gross motor, handwriting, written output, visual motor integration and self care skills. Treatment plans are based on the needs of the child and the caregivers’ concerns. We offer individual, direct therapy sessions that vary in length (i.e., 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour).
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.
Keyboarding and Assistive Technology programs promote keyboarding skills and the proficiency of Read&Write for Google Chrome™ and Mindomo™ to develop written output and the generation of ideas through technology.
Specialized Equipment Amount (SEA) Claims and Letters of Recommendation for written output and self-regulation/sensory processing accommodations (i.e., Instructional, Environmental and Assessment accommodations).
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.
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.