is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy helps children with sensory issues, motor difficulties and
cognitive problems, to reach their potential. Occupational Therapy helps children
engage in all aspects of their lives, including developmental movement and play,
mealtimes and self-care, learning and school performance,and socially.
Occupational Therapists provide evaluation and treatment of :
- Fine motor skills, dexterity and coordination,
- Developmental motor skills,
- Functional gross motor skills,
- Sensory skills (tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, visual, auditory, regulation)
- Oral motor, oral sensory, feeding and swallowing
- Visual skills: visual perceptual, visual motor, eye-hand coordination skills
- Developmental skills
- Self-help skills: dressing, bathing, mealtime skills
- Cognitive skills, such as attention, concentration, following directions, problem
- Handwriting and accessing a curriculum
- Social skills
- Positioning, adaptive equipment, upper extremity splinting, taping, casting
What is Neuro-Developmental
Neuro-Developmental Treatment is an advanced therapeutic approach, practiced
by experienced therapists. Therapists using NDT with children have completed
advanced training in NDT, for the child and/or the baby. NDT is a hands-on approach
used for children with central nervous system insults such as cerebral palsy
or head injury, resulting in movement deficits. Therapists work closely with
children with a range of movement challenges varying from mild to severe, to
promote optimal motor performance, function and independence. For more information
What is Sensory
Sensory Integration is the ability to organize sensory information from the body
and from the environment and then use it to function effectively. Learning is
dependent on our ability to process and integrate the sensory inputs, and to
plan and organize behavior. When deficits in sensory processing and sensory integration
occur, problems with movement and behavior can result. This can interfere with
many aspects of a child’s learning, play, development and movement.
Sensory Integrative problems may present as a number, or combination
of problems and/or behaviors such as: difficulty with gross or
fine motor skills, delayed sitting, crawling or walking, clumsy
with frequent falls, poor balance, praxis problems (ability to
conceive, organize, carry-out coordinated motor skills), overly
sensitive or under sensitive to movement, touch, sight, sounds,
smell and taste, difficulty with attention and concentration.
Sensory problems can interfere with motor, play, self-care, academic,
social/emotional and, language skills.
Refer for an OT Sensory Integration Screening or Evaluation to
determine if there are Sensory integration problems limiting the
child’s abilities. If treatment is required it is often most effective
initiated early and, it may be intensive such as bi-weekly or weekly.
Fiona is “SIPT Certified” (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test).
Where do you provide services?
Services provided primarily in clinic. As needed visits may be
provided in home, and/or in the local community (daycare, kindergarten,
local park), in our local neighborhood, including: East Valley:
Foothills, Pasadena, South
Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Arcadia, Baldwin Park,