A play-based approach to Occupational Therapy for toddlers
Occupational Therapy for Toddlers
Occupational therapy for children helps them gain independence while strengthening their skills including:
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Sensory motor skills
- Visual motor skills
All of these are necessary for engaging in play, socializing with peers, completing daily self-care tasks, and participating in classroom activities.
- Challenges with sensory processing. This may look like picky eating, fear of movement, aversion to grooming activities, etc.
- Difficulty with safety awareness (i.e. difficulty moving through a cluttered room without bumping into items or falling and seeking activities like crashing or falling purposely)
- Delays in gross motor skills (coordination, balance, etc.)
- Delays in fine motor skills (scissor skills, handwriting, tool use, etc.)
- Difficulty with self-regulation
- Difficulty attending to tasks, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, difficulty coming up with new ideas during play, or challenges with problem solving
- Frequent emotional fluctuations, difficulty with transitions, or difficulty “rebounding” from a tantrum
- Challenges completing age-appropriate self-care tasks (dressing, grooming, self-feeding etc.)
Every child is uniquely different and their motor skill delays will manifest in a variety of ways. These examples serve as a guideline but this is not a complete list of every symptom you may be noticing in your child today. If you’re noticing a delay, connect with us and let’s have a chat.
- Improve your child’s ability to complete age-appropriate self-care tasks, providing a foundation for growing self-care independence
- Manage and address sensory processing challenges to allow your child to explore their environment and have new experiences without anxiety or discomfort
- Build foundational pre-writing and fine motor skills needed for kindergarten
- Ensure your child is safely able to navigate the playground environment and engage with peers by improving gross motor skills
- Improve self-regulation ability and emerging motor planning skills
- Improve gross motor and fine motor strength, coordination, and sequencing
We believe in treating your whole child and guiding them to have an awareness of their mind-body connection. This holistic approach will support your kiddo to thrive emotionally and physically.
Making Occupational Therapy fun for kids
We take the time to get to know your child and then we customize our treatment so that we’re drawing on your child’s innate strengths that supports their developmental progress.
- Obstacle Courses
- Movement Based Games & Activities
- Arts & Crafts
- Fine Motor Games
- Gross Motor Activities
- Tactile Play
- Sensory Play
- Dress Up Play
- Cooking Activities
Our treatment is designed to not only treat your little one but to also support your whole family. If you’re the type of parent that wants to be involved in creating movement opportunities at home, we aim to support you in your efforts by giving you the skills and resources that you need.
Labels themselves are not bad, it’s all in how you see it. We believe children who are on the spectrum of the various delays simply see the world differently and we see that unique perspective as a gift.
- Down Syndrome
- Motor skill delays
- Feeding delays
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- And more!