East Bay Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of everyday life activities for the purpose of enhancing the individual's ability to fulfill his or her role or occupation. Child's Play Occupational Therapy focuses on using developmentally appropriate play to enhance a child's ability to fulfill the many roles in his or her life: play partner, teammate, student, and so on. We build skill through play!
Who can benefit from OT?
- Children who can benefit from pediatric OT may demonstrate any of the following:
- Sensory processing disorder/sensory integration issues
- Motor coordination issues/motor planning issues
- Delays in gross and/or fine motor skills
- Visual motor delays
- Poor balance and clumsiness
- Gifted or (2e) twice exceptional children
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning disabilities
- Down Syndrome
- Hypotonia/low muscle tone
- Developmental delays
- Poor handwriting
- Limited or immature play/social skills
- Difficulty with changes in schedule
- Sensitivity to touch, sound, and/or light
- Decreased or increased pain tolerance
- Feeding difficulties, aversions, or rigidity
- Poor sleep patterns
- Fussy, hard to soothe as babies
All of our Occupational Therapists have been trained by the leading researcher in Sensory Processing Disorder, Dr Lucy Jane Miller. This makes our approach evidenced based and family focused for the best outcomes.
Occupational Therapy Evaluation
Evaluations typically take 2–2 ½ hours to complete. They include standardized testing (as appropriate), clinical observations and parent interviews. School observations will be done if necessary. This assessment is intended to determine whether occupational therapy is appropriate for your child, as well as to assess foundational skills and deficits and to provide a more comprehensive understanding of how to best address your child’s needs. The assessment includes a comprehensive written report and a one-hour consultation to review the results, discuss recommendations, and outline an intervention plan.
Areas assessed may include:
Areas assessed may include:
- sensory processing
- motor planning
- gross motor skills
- fine motor skills
- visual motor skills
- visual perception and visual spatial processing
- feeding/eating issues
Occupational Therapy Intervention
Each child entering therapy will need a current OT evaluation. OT intervention is designed to remediate the deficit areas identified during the assessment process. Highly motivating therapeutic play activities are used during our treatment sessions to address these deficit areas. Families will also be asked to carry out a home program. The duration of intervention needed is highly dependent on the degree of the developmental deficits, the child's individual processing differences and the family's ability to carry over therapeutic activities at home.
School visits are often necessary to observe behaviors that may indicate the need for OT intervention. For a child currently in treatment, school consultations afford the opportunity to provide the school with insight into the child's unique sensory processing profile. Recommendations can then be made for necessary accommodations that will maximize the student's function.