The Occupational Therapy department at Professional Therapy Associates offers a comprehensive range of services to help children gain independence and develop essential skills for daily life. Occupational therapy plays a crucial role in addressing various fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration, and other important aspects of child development. Here's a summary of the areas commonly addressed by your team of licensed Occupational Therapists:
Fine Motor Skills:
Occupational therapists work with children to develop precise and coordinated movements of the hands and fingers. This is essential for tasks such as picking up small objects, buttoning clothes, and using utensils.
Gross Motor Skills:
Gross motor skills involve the use of larger muscle groups for activities like walking, running, jumping, and climbing. Occupational therapists may work on improving balance, coordination, and strength in these areas.
Occupational therapists can assist children in improving their handwriting skills, ensuring that they can effectively express themselves in written form and perform well in academic settings.
Sensory Integration/Sensory Motor Processing:
Sensory processing is crucial for how children interpret and respond to sensory information. Occupational therapists help children manage sensory issues and develop appropriate responses to sensory stimuli.
Activities of Daily Living:
Occupational therapy focuses on enhancing a child's ability to perform essential daily tasks independently. This includes skills related to self-care, dressing, grooming, and meal preparation.
Visual Perceptual/Motor Skills:
Occupational therapists work on visual processing and coordination skills to help children interpret and respond to visual information effectively. This is important for tasks such as reading, puzzles, and drawing.
Bilateral coordination involves the ability to use both sides of the body together harmoniously. Occupational therapists help children develop these skills, which are essential for activities like using scissors, tying shoelaces, and playing sports.
For more information or to sign up for Speech or Language Services in our Brick, Robbinsville, or Toms River offices, please contact us today at 732-701-3711 where one of our Patient Care Coordinators will happily assist you!