Occupational Therapy (OT) is a service that helps people of all ages do the things that are important to them in their daily life, known as their “occupations,” from getting themselves dressed to participating in their favorite hobby. A child’s main occupations in life are to play, learn, and grow.
Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on targeting those areas of development.
- For an infant that may look like learning how to reach for a toy or take a bottle.
- Toddlers and preschoolers are developing play and social skills while also improving their ability to draw shapes, follow directions, and dress themselves.
- Older children need all those foundational skills while also developing more complex social skills needed for school, emotional coping skills, and the ability to complete household chores.
If a child falls behind in any of those areas, an OT can intervene to help build those skills to facilitate success in various social environments.
At Pediatrics Plus, OT is fun, dynamic and child led. We believe that kids learn best through play, therefore we strive to make all our interactions both fun and functional! That might look like pretending to be superheroes on scooter boards as we push ourselves down the hallway to strengthen the upper body, creating a messy slime craft to improve sensory processing, or having a lemonade stand to work on social interaction skills.
Our buildings are designed to facilitate pretend play, imitate a home environment, provide low stimulation rooms for teaching skills with limited distractions, and engage with gym spaces for sensory activities. Our occupational therapists value building strong and trusting relationships with the children to meet them where they are at developmentally. When a child feels safe, loved, and engaged it is amazing to see what they are capable of when a challenge is presented. At Pediatrics Plus you can be certain your child will be cared for on a personal level, challenged, and having fun!
Our goal at Pediatrics Plus is to help your child develop the skills they need to thrive in their world, whether attending our developmental preschool, addressing challenges at home, or participation in family events in the community.
Specific concerns you might have for your child could be:
- In the way they write or color
- How their eyes and hands work together
- How they interact socially
- Their ability to dress and groom themselves
- Hyperactivity or really low activity
- Tolerating different textures/sounds/smells/tastes
- Emotional regulation
- Life skills
If you have concerns about your child’s development in any of the above ways, they may benefit from OT. While participating in occupational therapy, the children we serve conquer their world in areas of the family and personal goals. They learn to do things they never thought would be possible, from eating vegetables to writing their name, or even cooking themselves a meal. Attending occupational therapy provides direct, one-on-one care for your child, while giving you access to resources, home programming, education, specialty techniques and equipment. We use a team approach including teachers, parents, and therapists of all disciplines working together for the best of the child. We know that caregiver involvement leads to the best results, so we strive to build lasting relationships with both the child and parent to support the whole family through the therapy process.