What is OT?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a health profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (called occupations). Pediatric occupational therapists help children with developmental challenges or disabilities to participate fully in school, home, community, and social environments.

How can OT Help?

OT helps children with a range of challenges and needs. Here are some of the areas we address.

Sensory Processing & Integration:

  • Sensory Reactivity (over or under responsiveness to sensory input from any of the sensory systems)
  • Self-Regulation
  • Attention
  • Praxis and motor coordination

School Skills:

  • Fine motor (pencil grasp, handwriting, coloring/drawing, scissors use, hand strength and endurance, eye hand coordination)
  • Gross motor (balance, strength, flexibility, coordination, ball skills)
  • Visual perceptual/ Visual motor (spatial skill, attention to detail, figure ground, tracking, visual attention)
  • Kindergarten readiness
  • School transitions
  • Work tolerance and attention

Activities of Daily Living:

  • Feeding
  • Grooming and bathing
  • Dressing
  • Toileting
  • Sleep and rest

Play and Social Skills:

  • Age effective play skills
  • Social interaction
  • Group play

Cognitive & Executive Function:

  • Perceptual skill
  • Sequencing
  • Problem solving
  • Mental organization
  • Self-regulation

How can I pay for services?

For private clients, Firefly Center accepts checks and credit cards for services rendered. For your convenience, we offer a pre-authorized, monthly credit card payment service. However you pay, you will receive a monthly statement detailing your account.

Some clients receive services through a third party payor source (e.g. grant or contract). We are glad to work with your organization to help your child obtain services.

Medical insurance can also be used to pay for OT services in some circumstances. We do not accept medical insurance directly. Should you wish to have OT services reimbursed by your insurance company, we will tailor your statements to reflect the information your insurance company might require.

What is sensory integration?

Sensory integration is a framework developed by occupational therapist A. Jean Ayres that includes a theory, a method of evaluating children, and an intervention (treatment) protocol. Through play-based activity engagement, sensory integration therapy helps children to function more effectively and fully in their daily lives.

A number of our children are referred to us for sensory integration or sensory processing challenges. These issues can manifest as difficulty with processing sensation from one or more of the senses, as decreased motor skill, or as both sensory processing and motor challenges. When individuals are referred for help with sensory integration, it is typically because daily life activities—including self care, play, school, or community life—are significantly impacted.

Typical presentations of sensory integration difficulties include children who are averse to sensation in one or more areas (e.g. touch, sound, or movement) or seek one or more types of sensation (e.g. deep pressure, movement, or particular types of visual input). Some children neither seek nor avoid sensory input, but have difficulty with regulating the intensity of incoming sensation. Yet other children have decreased ability to translate incoming sensation into skilled motor activity. Any or all of our eight senses can be involved.

Our staff is well-trained and experienced in working with children who have sensory integration difficulties. We create individualized treatment plans and goals that address the child’s particular needs, and we include family and school staff in the treatment protocol for maximal effectiveness. We use sensory integration therapy alone and as a part of more comprehensive and eclectic occupational therapy programs.

“Over the two years, our boy has made excellent progress towards his OT-related IEP goals. ...he has practically "caught up" in gross motor skills and participates in classroom activities as opposed to avoiding them. Melisa and the Firefly Center have been an integral part of our son's progress and is a valued part of our IEP team.”

—JH and MH, Parents