Occupational Therapists (OT) are health care professionals who can offer many helpful options for children who are experiencing difficulty performing daily tasks.
How do you know if your child needs Occupational Therapy?
Children that might need an Occupational Therapy assessment may be having difficulty in the following areas:
- Self-care skills such as feeding, toileting, dressing, etc.
- Learning skills such as printing, cutting with scissors, coloring with crayons, etc.,
- Play skills requiring modifications for participation in play activities, such as adapted toys, etc.,
- Self-regulation such as being overstimulated by loud noises or bright lights, being distracted by the feel of their clothing, etc.
What can Occupational Therapists at FIREFLY offer your child?
Services are provided to children from birth to age 18 in home, school, and/or community settings (example: daycare, hospital, etc.).
In general, once the referral has been processed and an OT is available to see your child they will need to meet with you for an initial interview to explain what an OT may be able to offer and determine the areas of concern.
Following that, they will complete an assessment with your child, which may occur at home, school, or in a community setting. After the assessment is complete, a report is written providing suggestions that can be reviewed with you and others involved with your child.
A plan of action can then be determined based on the ongoing needs of your child. Training and education can be provided to groups upon request based on therapist availability.
A therapy plan may include, but is not limited to:
- An initial assessment;
- Working together with children and their families, caregivers, daycare and school staff and other agencies to provide individualized treatment plans suited to the child and family’s strengths and needs;
- Direct therapy, either individual or group;
- Determining the need for equipment;
- Home programs for use by parents, caregivers, daycare and school staff; and
- Ongoing monitoring in which the therapist trains someone else involved with the child to carry out the plan on a more regular basis. The therapist is in regular contact with the person who carries out the program.