Occupational Therapy: Skills for the Job of Living
What Occupational Therapy Offers your Child
For children, Occupational therapy focuses on developing specific life skills rather than job-related functions. Through specific exercises and task-related activities, occupational therapists help your child learn and regain these critical skills. Our programs are individualized to address each child’s unique needs and challenges. And when skill and strength cannot be developed or improved, we work with your child and family to develop creative alternatives and solutions to achieve functional goals.
Our Occupational Therapy Services Include:
– Assessment and treatment that enhances normal development, allows your child to regain function and helps your child achieve normal performance in daily activities – Customized treatment programs that address each child’s unique challenges and strengths – Recommendations and training in the use of equipment that helps replace lost function – Recommendations on how to adapt the home and school environment – Guidance for family members about safe and effective methods of caring for your child
Treatment Customized for Your Child
Our occupational therapists work with physical therapists and other specialists to create a customized program to address your child’s unique needs. The therapy process includes an initial evaluation, at which we assess your child’s current level of functioning in areas such as: – Fine motor skills – Activities of daily living – Perceptual skills – Wheelchair and adaptive equipment needs – Cognitive skills – Oral motor function and feeding skills – Sensory integration Guidelines for determining frequency of therapy service are used to help decide how often and for how long your child could benefit from therapy. We believe in ongoing communication with the child’s family, physicians and teachers to ensure appropriate treatment. Our therapists will work with you to develop the most appropriate and effective plan of care for your child. From the day your child enters therapy, our primary goal is to help your entire family develop the skills and knowledge to help your child continue to thrive after the course of treatment ends.
Chatty Chefs – This is an expressive language and occupational therapy group designed to help children carryover skills learned in treatment. Chefs are encouraged to formulate sentences, improve grammar, work on word retrieval and articulation, and verbally sequence sentences into longer utterances.
Handwriting Skills Group – Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates offers Handwriting Skills groups for children of all abilities that are presented in a fun, interactive way with movement breaks provided in our sensory-motor gym. Pediatric Speech Therapy Associates’ Handwriting Skills Groups are based on the nationally recognized Handwriting Without Tears® Curriculum developed by Jan Z. Olsen, OTR.
Interested in learning more about occupational therapy? Read a recent article from the American Occupational Therapy Association on “What is the Role of Occupational Therapy in Early Intervention?”
The PSTA Difference
We comprehensively evaluate and treat the child as a whole while also focusing on the family’s needs and goals. Our occupational therapists help each child become more independent and successful in everyday life. This includes dressing, brushing teeth, coloring, writing, listening, playing and interacting with family and friends. We are skilled at determining the right combination of strategies, including exercises, games, equipment, tools and modalities to accomplish each child’s unique therapeutic goals, partnering with the family to develop the best home activities.
Please call 720-542-8737 for:
- First appointments and initial evaluations with our occupational therapist
- General information
Please call for occupational therapy scheduling at 720-542-8737 to schedule or change an occupational therapy session once you have your child’s initial evaluation.