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Occupational Therapy

 

Occupational therapy helps people of all ages achieve independence in their daily life activities of occupations.  At Laughlin, occupational therapists use fun, therapeutic activities to improve your child’s independence.  Our goal is to develop the underlying skills your child needs for success every day, from getting dressed to building with toys, playing with friends, and completing school work.  Developmental skills targeted in occupational therapy may include:

·      Fine motor coordination and play activities

·      Visual perception and visual motor skills

·      Gross motor skills and strengthening for big muscle play and sports

·      Self care skills including dressing, grooming, and feeding

·      Organizational skills and attention

·      Sensory processing and regulation

 

Occupational therapy is individualized to meet each child’s needs.  We encourage continued practice of the skills at home and in the community to reinforce and facilitate independence. 

 

Parent should consider an occupational therapy evaluation if their child is nor performing at an age appropriate level or demonstrates any of the following:

 

·      Poor coordination and clumsiness

·      Seem to have weak hands and/or get tired easily while doing fine motor tasks

·      Difficulty holding a pencil (too tight, poor grasp, fatigue, pain, changes hands)

·      Difficulty with handwriting, coloring, drawing or copying 

·      Difficulty with self-care skills like grooming, dressing, manipulating fasteners

·      Decreased visual skills, including visual perception and ocular motor skills

·      Poor eye hand coordination

·      Impaired bilateral coordination – lacing, cutting, jumping jacks

·      Difficulties with feeding- is a picky eater or can't use utensils

·      Extreme avoidance or seeking of certain input

·      Excessive risk taking

·      Decreased attention, especially to table tasks, or avoidance of trying new activities