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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Who we are: The pediatric occupational therapists employed by Positive Steps Therapy are a group of highly trained professionals who utilize their specialized skills and knowledge to evaluate and treat children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses.  An occupational therapist utilizes activities which are both fun and therapeutic to help an individual achieve their fullest functional potential in their daily activities.  For children, daily activities that an occupational therapist can assist with include but are not limited to:

  • Fine motor coordination and play activities
  • Age appropriate writing skills
  • Self-feeding
  • Motor planning and strengthening for playground and sports
  • Dressing, grooming, and self care
  • Organizational skills
  • Nutritional intake for mealtimes
  • Visual motor coordination for reading and school work

Who we treat: As pediatric occupational therapists, we can treat any child from birth to 21 years of age with a specific diagnosis, injury, or overall delay that is inhibiting them from accomplishing tasks in their daily routine to their fullest potential.  Children from birth to three years of age can be seen either in the clinic setting or by one of our early intervention therapists in the home or a community setting such as a day care, while children that are 4 years or older can be seen at one of our outpatient clinics.

Children benefiting from OT include but are not limited to children with a diagnosis of:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Neurological Impairments
  • Chromosomal deletions
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Developmental Delay
  • RND
  • Barth Syndrome
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Visual impairments

We can also treat children with:

  • Feeding Disorders/Difficulties
    • mechanical difficulties with chewing and swallowing
    • sensory feeding difficulties
    • “picky eaters”
  • Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor delays
  • Decreased:
    • Strength
    • Motor planning
    • Coordination
  • Fine motor delays

How we evaluate and treat: Here at Positive Steps Therapy, we strive for an individualized, family oriented approach from the initial therapy evaluation all the way through to discharge from services.  The occupational therapist will complete a one-on-one consultation with the family to determine specific concerns for the child and then utilize the most recent standardized assessments to determine a child’s individual needs.  Based on the results of the evaluation, as well as family concerns and physician recommendations, an individualized plan of treatment will be developed and discussed with the family with therapy to follow as recommended specifically for your child.

Throughout your child’s treatment, the occupational therapist will provide education, information, and recommendation to your family on how to carry over the activities into the home, school, and community environments.

The occupational therapists at Positive Steps offer specialized services and programs

to allow your child to reach their maximum potential.  Some of these services include:

  • Individualized sensory diets
  • Therapeutic Listening®
  • ALERT® self regulation program
  • Handwriting Without Tears® (HWT)
  • Individualized progression feeding
  • Advanced feeding groups and nutrition sessions
  • Custom splinting

Our occupational therapists work closely with other therapists on staff that may be treating your child, as well as consulting with all professionals involved in your child’s care from physicians, school therapists and staff, and paraprofessionals in order to achieve the optimal outcome from outpatient therapy and provide carryover and consistency across all settings for the maximum benefit of the child.