We offer specialized assessment, OT treatment and consultations, home programs, feeding therapy and parent coaching packages, for children and some adults.
Our goal is to enhance the resources already available to you and to offer the most up-to-date effective interventions available. We are proud to be able to say that we see positive outcomes in all the clients we have worked with so far!
Occupational Therapy for Children
A child’s job is play. Infants and children learn how to interact with people and their worlds through nurturing and play. As children get older they go to school and eventually take on more grown-up roles. Sometimes though, children can struggle to learn the skills they need to be successful at home, at school, or with their peers. OT uses play and other types of daily activities which are skillfully adapted and facilitated to help children and adolescents gain the skills they need to to be more successful in life.
Why does therapy look like play?
Occupational therapy uses play because it is intrinsically motivating and developmentally appropriate for children. Children learn through play.
It may look like your therapist is “just playing” but the play activities selected are being selected and adjusted based on the types of inputs your child’s brain and body need and the skill level your child has and needs to learn. Modifications are made ongoing throughout the session based on your child’s responses, in order to provide your child with a continuous and increasing “just right challenge.” Through repeatedly experiencing these enjoyable and successful interactions, new brain connections are made and your child is more ready to function in everyday situations.
Who We Serve
Many of our clients have a variety of diagnoses including but not limited to: learning disabilities, autism, brain injury, developmental delays, behavioral and emotional challenges such as anxiety, ADHD, OCD, trauma/PTSD, and selective mutism).
However, many of our clients may not have any medical diagnosis but struggle with some of the following functional challenges:
- sensory symptoms, such as hypersensitivity (often to sound, touch, or movement, OR to taste, texture, smell when eating)
- impaired motor skills
- poor play skills
- difficulty with handwriting or completion of school work
- transitioning post international adoption
- daily living impairment, including difficulty with:
- falling or staying asleep or sleeping in their own bed
- potty training
- getting dressed
- following family routines in the morning, after school, or at night
- getting along with peers or family members
Although our work is mainly with children, we do work with a number of adults who may also be struggling with any of the above similar daily challenges.
If daily living is a struggle, OTC is a good place to start. We can help you figure out why the struggle exists and what to do about it, and if we are not the ones best suited to support you or your family member, we can help send you in the right direction. Contact us! We are here to help.
Occupational Therapists help people of all ages do the things they want and need to do. OT is a science-driven and evidence-based profession which uses everyday activities (occupations) that are important to the client, to help the brain and body work better together.
OTs receive postgraduate training in many “ology” areas of study including anatomy and physiology, neurology, kinesiology, and psychology, as well as core study areas of occupational science and research. All OTs complete multiple clinical rotations in various settings and upon graduation choose a general area of practice. OT is a licensed profession in every state and province and all OTs are required to pass a certification exam to obtain their licensure. The National Board for Certification of OT (nbcot.org) is an agency tasked with regulating competency and enforcing practice standards and all OTs are required to complete minimum continuing education annually in order to stay licensed. Some OTs go on to advance their studies including certification in specialized fields such as sensory processing. OT may be effective for physical, mental, learning, cognitive and/or emotional problems and all OTs at OTC have some level of advanced training in treatment of SPD. All our OTs are directly supervised by a senior OT certified in, and with decades of experience, assessing and treating, sensory processing disorder. You are in good hands at OTC!
Can OT Help?
If your child does 3 or more of the following things, OTC may be able to help.
___poor muscle tone; weak/floppy; slumps at desk/table
___difficulty consoling self; unusually fussy
___unable to bring hands together to bang toys
___difficulty playing with toys
___says “I can’t/won’t” to age-typical play or self-care activities (dressing, potty-training, selffeeding, dressing, brushing hair/teeth)
___slow to roll over, creep, sit, or stand; clumsy, falls easily
___difficulty babbling, delayed speech
___failure to explore; avoids playground activities
___cries or becomes tense when moved
___frequent fisting of hands after 6 mos.; breaks toys or crayons easily
___doesn’t tolerate lying on stomach (prone)
___dislikes haircuts to extreme
___avoids or resists being held; dislikes cuddles
___sucking difficulties; picky or messy eater
___overly active; seeks excessive movement
___unable to settle down; sleep difficulties
___dislikes coloring in lines, doing puzzles, or cutting with scissors; avoids written work at school
___over-reacts to touch, tastes, sounds, or smells
___needs more practice than other kids to learn new skills
___difficulty shifting from one task to another
___lack of confidence, poor self-esteem, anxiety
___has trouble making or keeping friends
___difficulty following directions, paying attention
A medical diagnosis does not need to be present in order for a child to benefit from occupational therapy, and “intervention” does not always mean ongoing therapy. If you have concerns or questions about OT or your child’s development, consider setting up a consultative session today. Consultation can give you answers to your questions and can help you make decisions that fit for your family.
What We Offer
Classes & Workshops
OTC also offers volunteer opportunities or structured paid observations to high school seniors and college students interested in the profession and provides Level I and II fieldwork opportunities to current OT graduate students. Please contact us for further information if you are interested in our professional training opportunities. These spots fill quickly and are often scheduled 6-12 months in advance.
Ready to Take the Next Step?
Contact us to get started. Please call or email for an in-person appointment, or schedule a free initial in-take call to assess your needs. We are here to help and to answer any questions you may have.