Children with autism spectrum disorders, developmental delays and related disorders often struggle to process information and can become overwhelmed by sensory input. In addition, some children struggle with fine or gross motor skills, or have a hard time building independence and integrating into school or community settings. If this is the case for your child, our occupational therapy team can help!
Develop independence and build skills
Independence, emotional regulation, fine and gross motor skills and sensory processing are important aspects of your child's development. When children get overwhelmed by sensory input or have a hard time processing the world around them, this can have a negative effect on their ability to integrate into new environments, learn new skills, or function independently. Difficulties performing fine and gross motor tasks can also affect academic performance, impact self-esteem, and prevent a child from fully participating in (and enjoying!) school, social events, or activities of daily living.
Our occupational therapists provide individualized assessments and treatment to help your child overcome these or any other challenges they face. Common issues addressed by our occupational therapists include:
- Self-help and daily living skills
- Gross motor skills and motor planning
- Reactions to sensory input
- Sensitivities to touch, sound, smell, taste, light, etc.
- Fine motor skills and handwriting
- Emotional regulation and coping skills
The role of an occupational therapist
Each child is carefully evaluated to determine their individual strengths and any areas they may be struggling with. Our occupational therapists then work with you to determine goals for your child and design a treatment plan. They take into careful consideration your child’s particular needs, their environment, and your family’s goals and values when developing an individualised treatment plan. They also provide homework and teach you how to work with your child to continue treatment at home.
A team approach
Our occupational therapists work as part of a team alongside ABA and speech therapists. Your child benefits from the expertise and input of a group of professionals. An integrated approach creates a strong multidisciplinary team, optimizing your child’s treatment.