Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession focused on helping people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning, health, well-being, security and happiness.

Pediatric Occupational Therapists, facilitate the acquisition of self-help, play, and learning skills for infants and children by improving their motor, sensory, behavioral and cognitive skills.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps children who:

  • Experience difficulty with the performance of self-care activities including: brushing teeth, combing hair, buttoning a shirt, tying shoes, using utensils such as a spoon or fork, etc.
  • Have difficulty with fine motor activities such as handwriting or using scissors.
  • Have trouble initiating or completing tasks such as doing a puzzle or finishing home work.

  • Experience problems in school with visual motor or visual perceptual activities such as copying from the board or completing assignments accurately.

  • Exhibit an aversion to sensory input demonstrated by not wanting to participate in messy activities, not wanting to be hugged or touched, becoming very upset by loud noises, etc.

  • Having difficulty maintaining balance during motor activities including climbing stairs, running, jumping or skipping.

  • Have difficulty with cognitive tasks such as following instructions, problem solving and organization.

  • Have difficulty in social situations including interacting and playing appropriately with other children.

The following are some of the conditions that we treat:

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Decreased Muscle Control

  • Tone Disorders

  • Developmental Delays

  • Downs Syndrome

  • Sensory Integration

Girl doing Phycial Therapy - First Steps Pediatric Therapy