A play-based approach to occupational therapy
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.
Are you noticing this about your child?
- 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.
How Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Child?
- 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 have been so thrilled with the progress our daughter has made through the occupational therapy offered at Valued Voices! My daughter is obsessed with her OT instructor and all the amazing activities she gets to participate in. She looks forward to it every week! We have seen so much progress with her sensory issues. I would highly recommend their occupational therapist, especially those searching for care that offers innovative and progressive strategies.
– Reynolds H
Developing your child’s mind-body connection
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.
Therapy Fun for kids
Parents often tell us how much their kiddos love coming to the clinic because we use play-based activities that naturally support their strengths to make speech therapy fun for them.
We take the time to get to know every child we work with, and then we customize our treatment in order to draw on their child’s innate strengths, supporting their developmental progress.
- Obstacle Courses
- Movement Based Games & Activities
- Arts & Crafts
- Fine Motor Games
- Gross Motor Activities
- Sensory Play
- Dress Up Play
- Cooking Activities
Supporting the whole family, because you are your child’s greatest teacher.
Treating your child, not the label they’ve been given
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.
What we treat?
- Down Syndrome
- Motor Skill Delays
- Feeding Delays
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- And more!