OVERVIEW

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a part of the healthcare system that assists people of all ages who are experiencing physical, sensory, or cognitive difficulties. It can help them to regain their independence in all spheres of their lives by dealing with the barriers that affect their emotional, social, and physical needs.

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Who might need occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy can help children and adults that have:

How we can help

We undertake a complete assessment of the patient, which involves ascertaining the age of the patient and a full diagnosis of the purpose for the occupational therapy. The skill areas that our therapists test include:

  • Motor, mental, social, and behavioural skills.
  • Muscle tone, strength, and reflexes.
  • Feeding, swallowing, or speaking skills.
  • Thinking, feeling, hearing, and learning disabilities.
  • Self-care and independent living skills.
  • Sensory processing and/or modulation difficulties.
  • Need for special equipment, including adaptive seating, splints, casts, or other devices.

The assessment assists us to develop a therapy plan with goals aimed at improving the findings of the assessment. The plan may lead to the patient’s admission into our programs, namely:

  • Hand Therapy that involves custom splints and pressure garments.
  • Constraint Induced Movement Therapy.
  • Activities for Daily Living (ADL).
  • Sensory Integration (SI).
  • Visual Perception (VP).
  • Aquatic (Pool) Therapy (AT).
  • Handwriting.
  • Feeding and Oral/Motor.
  • Brachial Plexus.
  • SMART Social Skills Groups (SSSG).
  • Summer Therapy Groups (STG).
  • Instruction for Home Exercises (IHE).
 
Are There Any Tests Or Assessments That Can Help?
 

Many parents, schools and childcares may request some more specific and detailed exams, as this helps assess the progress of the client, before, during and after the treatment. Click here to read more information about or OT tests, Psychology assessments and Speech assessment tools.

How can occupational therapy help my child?

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy will use common activities, exercises, and other therapies to help patients overcome the hurdles that influence his or her emotional, social, and physical requirements.

It is especially beneficial for fine motor skills (small-muscle motions performed with hands, fingers, and toes, such as gripping and releasing things), visual-perceptual abilities, cognitive (thinking) skills, and sensory-processing issues.

For children, occupational therapy helps in the following ways:

  • The development of fine motor skills to help them in grasping and releasing toys as well as the development of superior handwriting and computer skills.
  • Improvement of eye-hand coordination so that they can play and do required school skills such as copying work from a blackboard.
  • Mastering of basic life skills such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and self-feeding.
  • Learning positive behaviours and social skills, including the management of frustration and anger.
  • Get the special equipment that they need, including wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, and communication aids to help them build their independence.