Occupational Therapy is the use of purposeful activities found in everyday life to maximize the independence in children who are limited by a physical injury or illness, neurological or cognitive impairment, developmental or learning disability, or sensory integration dysfunction.
What type of services do Occupational Therapists at Kids First Therapy offer?
Our Occupational Therapists use their unique expertise to help children prepare for, and perform important learning and developmental activities by facilitating motor development, self-care skills, oral motor function, sensory integration, school readiness skills, and play and social skills development. To achieve this, Kids First Therapy’s Occupational Therapists work on the following areas:
- Oral Motor Function: Normal and abnormal patterns of the lip, tongue, jaw and cheeks. Children with oral motor deficits may have difficulty with eating, drinking, facial expression, and speech and may experience symptoms such as tooth grinding, hypersensitivity, and abnormal drooling.
- Sensory Integration: The brain’s ability to take in and interpret information through the senses of touch, smell, taste, vision, hearing, and movement. Children who have difficulties processing sensory information may either be under-responsive (hyposensitive) or over- responsive (hypersensitive) to that particular sensory input.
- Fine Motor Skills: The coordination of the small muscles in the hands.
- Visual Perception: The ability to recognize, recall, discriminate, and make sense of what we see. Visual perceptual tasks include copying form the board, accurately lining up math problems, reading from left to right without skipping words, and distinguishing the difference in similar letters such as “b and d.”
- Visual Motor Integration: The ability for one’s eyes and hands to work together in a smooth, coordinated manner. Visual motor tasks include stacking blocks, copying shapes/letters/words, cutting, buttoning, and tying shoes.
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s): Also known as self-care skills. Our Occupational Therapists assist with teaching children to be more independent with dressing, bathing, grooming, and eating.