Often treatment involves improving your child’s skills in one or more areas. This type of intervention involves teaching functional skills like cutting with scissors, writing, or playing ball. We also work on strengthening the underlying, or foundational skills like strength, endurance, or postural stability.
Typically, therapy sessions are 1-2 times per week, and last for 50 minutes. We reserve a few minutes at the end of each session to check in with you and provide you with activities you can do at home to help with skill building.
Treatment may also involve helping to modify the environment or the demands of the task so that the child can engage and participate effectively. This type of intervention is called adaptation. By providing alternative strategies for completing a task (e.g. offering breaks for a child who has difficulty sitting still) or supplying tools to assist with skill building (e.g. providing a pencil grip to assist with grasp) adaptation can help a child be more engaged and functional in his or her daily life.
No direct treatment is maximally effective without practice in the natural environments of home and school. Our interventions always include working with caregivers, teachers, and other professionals to help the child generalize what they learn in OT, and to help the adults in a child’s life know how to encourage more growth and skill building.
Direct services are not always indicated, so in some cases we will recommend consultation with you, your child’s regular caregivers, and/or a teacher or other professional. We may also recommend educational resources or trainings that would be beneficial to your child.