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Occupational Therapy focuses on maximizing independence in individual's Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) / everyday tasks. In children, all aspects of self-care, play and school performance areas are considered ADLs. A few examples include dressing, teeth brushing, feeding, handwriting, managing buttons and fasteners, and playing with toys. Various assessment tools allow our therapists to determine a child's functional abilities and what functional barriers exist. Our therapists strive to determine the “why?” a child is not able to perform ADL tasks independently. Occupational Therapy involves assessment and intervention for the following services: adaptive equipment, developing coordination, feeding, fine motor, gross motor, handwriting, performing activities for daily living, playing and socializing, self care, attention, cognition, sequencing tasks, and sensory integration.
The following is a brief description of some of the targeted skill areas:
Fine Motor Skills
Skills related to the small muscles of the body, particularly those of the hands. Children need adequate strength, dexterity, and coordination to manage a variety of objects in their daily routines such as utilizing eating utensils, writing utensils, buttons, and scissors.
All of us depend on adequate sensory integrative functioning in order to carry out daily tasks in work, play, and self-maintenance. Sensory integration is the ability to take in information through senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), put that information together with prior information, memories, and knowledge stored in the brain, and organize it to make a meaningful response. This may include perception of the body or the environment, adaptive response, or learning process. Through sensory integration, many parts of the central nervous system work together so that a child can interact with the environment safely and effectively.
Is the ability to interpret information and surroundings from the effects of visible light reaching the eye. This process is responsible for the reception and cognition of visual stimuli. Visual perception allows a child to make accurate judgments of the size, configuration, and spatial relationships of objects.
Visual Motor Skills
These skills are the integration of visual perception and fine and gross motor skills. Visual motor skills refer to the ability to coordinate vision with the movements of the body. Children who have difficulties with visual motor skills will often have trouble learning how to draw, print, or write.
Common Conditions Evaluated:
Based on Evaluation, Treatments May Include:
Prior to the first appointment, a physicians prescription / therapy order and clinical notes indicating the medical necessity for the referral is required and may be faxed to FTC at 918-398-7983.