Sensory Integration Activities:









Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy

What is occupational therapy and how can it help?

          Pediatric occupational therapy is skilled treatment aimed at maximizing the abilities of infants and children to achieve self-help, play and learning skills appropriate for their age.  Using purposeful activities, including the tasks of daily life, it promotes in children the greatest possible degree of functional independence. A person of any age who is dealing with the effects of disease, injury, birth defects, disability or developmental problems can benefit from treatment, but it is especially helpful for children when combined with an early diagnosis.

Occupational therapy services for infants and children may include:

Promoting and Improving                               

  • Oral-motor development and eating skills             
  • Age appropriate mobility/motor skills
  • Ability to interact with the environment
Facilitating
  • Developmental skills and play behaviors
Instructing        
  • Caregivers about development, play, physical handling of the infant or child, and home programs

 Direct Services:

When direct treatment is indicated, Sensory Systems Clinic professionals provide complete occupational therapy programs. Therapists, using age-appropriate activities, focus on sensory, motor, postural, cognitive visual/perceptual and social/emotional development.

 

Direct Treatment May Include: 

  • Child directed treatment with a large variety of suspended equipment, climbing equipment and motor activities
  • Facilitation of developmental skills for functional tasks 
  • Acquisition of hand skills for fine motor tasks
  • Promotion of oral motor development and eating skills
  • Management of body position for self care and daily activities
  • Development of self-concept and self-esteem
  • Development of perceptual motor skills
  • Improvement of spatial and body perception
  • Improvement of ability to concentrate and organize self
  •  Organization and sequencing of functional tasks.