Pediatric - Occupational Therapy Newington
What is Occupational Therapy Newington?
Pediatric occupational therapists work with children with a variety of disorders including autism, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, sensory integration problems, handwriting difficulties, feeding disorders and visual processing disorders. All of these conditions can affect a child’s ability to do daily tasks such as getting dressed, going to the bathroom, eating, coloring, writing and interacting appropriately with others.
OT at Advanced Therapy Solutions makes it possible for children, adolescents and young adults with injuries, physical challenges or developmental disabilities to engage in normal daily life to the greatest extent possible. OT’s address skills such as fine motor development, sensory processing, motor planning, eye hand coordination and visual motor skills to name a few!
Occupational therapists work on cognitive, physical and motor skills to help children become more independent and self-sufficient. When children can do things on their own, they feel pride and confidence in their abilities. They do not have to rely on others as much because they can adapt to do things themselves. OTs also address social skills such taking turns, transitioning between activities and making eye contact. Whether your child gets upset when they cannot stack blocks, has trouble writing their name or bristles when touching something squishy, pediatric occupational therapy at Advanced Therapy Solutions.
What Occupational Therapy Newington Offers
For children, OT focuses on developing specific life skills. Through specific exercises and task-related activities, occupational therapists help your child learn or regain these critical skills. When skill and strength cannot be developed or improved, we work with your child and family in developing creative alternatives to achieve goals.
Duties of an Occupational Therapist:
The Occupational Therapist assesses how behavior and sensorimotor development affect your child’s ability to learn. With the younger child, the occupational therapist is interested in their activity level, tolerance of stimulation, feeding and hand function. In the older child, the ability to organize sensory information (touch, movement, vision…) is related to perceptual skills, hand skills and activity level. The occupational therapist assesses these and their affect on behavior, self-care activities and fine motor development.
After a thorough occupational therapy evaluation, the evaluating therapist will recommend a therapy program that is best suited to meet your child’s needs. Recommendations may include individual, group or intensive therapy options. We incorporate activities that are motivating to your child to make therapy fun and to facilitate progress.
Advanced Therapy Solutions Occupational Therapy Program helps children improve function and promote development to be more independent in their homes, schools and communities. Our Occupational
Therapists use play, therapeutic activities, and special techniques to develop motor sensory, visual, attention and decision-making skills so children can be successful in their world.
There are a variety of tools used to evaluate your child’s occupational therapy needs. The therapist will engage them in play and ask them to do different tasks to assess their strengths and difficulties. They may ask your child to respond verbally to questions or to trace or copy different shapes, letters or sentences depending on their age. Your input and observations as a parent will also be taken into consideration as part of the evaluation process.
After the evaluation, the occupational therapist will create a treatment plan that may include:
- Handwriting (visual-motor skills, awkward grip style)
- Touch, sound, movement, and smell sensitivities that often result in:
- Difficulty with bath time, hair brushing/cutting
- Strong clothing preferences
- Avoidance of natural movement experiences on the playground
- Distractibility and difficulty paying attention
- Strong food preferences
- Avoidance of certain environments (public bathrooms, auditoriums, gymnasiums, etc.)
- Emotional lability
- Aggression towards self and others
- Withdrawal from everyday experiences
- Attention, focus, organization, time management
- Clumsiness and poor coordination
- Eating and feeding- SOS and sensory-motor feeding approaches
- Dressing, shoe tying, zippering, buttoning, etc.
- Bike riding training
- Age appropriate play skills with peers and/or siblings
Advanced Therapy Solutions can help families find specialty programs that fit a child’s specific needs. If you have noticed that your child is struggling with daily activities, does not respond well to change, or has trouble completing multi-step tasks, take a moment to fill out one of our forms. In addition, training is provided for families to continue and reinforce the care at home for our Occupational Therapy Newington clients. Pediatric occupational therapy for children at Advanced Therapy Solutions is fun and engaging to help your child maximize their potential.
Advanced Therapy Solutions, LLC
Advanced Therapy Solutions, LLC
936 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield CT, 06109