A pediatric occupational therapist provides intervention to develop, recover, or maintain the skills required to help children participate in meaningful activities, otherwise known as occupations. Occupations for a child can range from eating and self-care tasks to writing and making crafts in school. For a child, play is often the most meaningful occupation. The therapist provides child-centered and research-based treatment techniques to ensure the opportunity to engage in activities that are fun and meaningful to promote optimal learning.
What to expect from our Occupational Therapy Team:
All of our occupational therapists are rigorously trained and mentored to work with children of all abilities. Our therapists have taken post-graduate continuing education courses, including the SOS Approach to Feeding, Beckman Oral Motor, Handwriting without Tears, Neurodevelopment Techniques, Social Thinking Concepts, Sensory Integrative Techniques, etc. to ensure they are providing the most up-to-date treatment methods. You can expect the same quality of care from any of our therapists, old and new.
Clinic Based Services
Our clinic is equipped with a variety of suspended equipment and meets Ayres Fidelity Measure for providing sensory integration to children. We have high quality equipment with the newest therapy tools that promotes learning in children, all while they have fun. Our Clinical Director strategically designed our clinics to meet the needs of children of all abilities. She partnered with a prominent set designer and local artist to create a visually stimulating and learning environment, that is also calming and relaxing, making our children and families feel welcomed from the moment they walk through our doors. The main gym areas have beautiful murals that entice creativity and increase a child’s arousal and attention to task, while also helping them stay regulated.
Natural Environment Based Services
The goal for all therapy is generalization. What other setting is better for this than the child’s natural environment? The natural environment includes the child’s home, preschool, daycare, park, grocery store, restaurants, etc. We want to ensure that the child is able to thrive in the environments they are most frequently in.
If your child is under the age of 3, the regional center may cover services. Please visit: https://www.dds.ca.gov/RC/
In addition, if there are any complaints, please direct them to: https://www.dds.ca.gov/Complaints/
School Based Services
Our occupational therapists are crucial members of the IEP team. School-based services include working on a child’s ability to access their learning environment. The therapist works on improving fine motor and visual motor skills required for a child to draw, color, cut and write adequately. In addition, sensory strategies are provided in the school environment for a child to maintain regulation, arousal and attention to task in order to learn.