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What is Occupational Therapy? 
 
Occupational Therapy is a science-based habilitation and rehabilitation profession with the ultimate goal to maximize independence and the quality of life. Occupational therapists extensive educational background include (not limited to) anatomy & physiology, neurology, human development, other health sciences as well psychology/social conditions.  They provide services to people of all ages. Occupational Therapy for Kidz specializes in working with infants and young children who have physical, developmental, behavioral and social deficits which may or may not be affecting their academics.  
 
 
An Occupational Therapy EVALUATION may be required for infants and children with:  
 
  • Premature birth or low birth weight
  • Congenital abnormalities or genetic disorders
  • Neurological insult occurring before, during or after birth
  • Adolescent mothers, parents with a developmental delay or history of substance abuse
  • Suspected delay in sensory motor development
  • Neurobiological diagnosis such as Autism, PDD, ADHD, etc
  • Poor modulation (i.e. poor interaction, attention/focus and purposeful engagement), phobic behaviors, etc
  • Poor self regulation (difficulty sustaining focus, impulsive, overly sensitive, etc). May or may not be the "typical" child
  • Other suspected Sensory Integration/ Processing Dysfunctions
  • Learning disabilities, including dyslexia (reading difficulties) and dysgraphia (handwriting difficulties)
 
 
Occupational Therapy SERVICES is child specific for each infant and child and may include:  
 
  • Decreasing the effect of pathology on functional abilities
  • Promotion of age-appropriate postural and motor skills
  • Facilitation of normal developmental sequence
  • Facilitation of developmental skills and play behaviors
  • Instructing caregivers about development, play or physical handling of the infant
  • Improving behavioral state, organization and regulation
  • Improvement of motor development, self-concept and emotional maturation
  • Promotion of activities to decrease impulsivity and improve attention to task
  • Promotion of age-appropriate independence in daily living skills (i.e. dressing, feeding)
  • Auditory Processing training
       - Interactive Listening Program (iLs)
       - Therapeutic Listening
       - Interactive Metronome
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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