The focus of occupational therapy is to help the brain and body work together to improve one’s performance in meaningful activities. Play, school, social interactions, and activities of daily living (such as dressing and eating), are the meaningful activities through which children learn and develop. Strong foundational skills, such as effective sensory processing, visual skills, auditory processing skills, fine motor and gross motor skills, a functional attention span and appropriate arousal levels are important prerequisites for success.
Occupational therapy sessions at Christy Burch Occupational Therapy are designed to provide therapeutic interventions for kids that are disguised as play. By using games that help build strong foundational skills, kids have fun while learning skills that will have positive impacts on their ability to function and enjoy everyday activities.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory Integration Therapy is a specialized area of occupational therapy that places emphasis on the ability to process, organize, and respond appropriately to sensory input. Sensory-rich therapy sessions that incorporate play using swings, exercise balls, and other specialized equipment, allow the therapist to address each client’s specific sensory needs. The client’s response to the sensory stimulation helps the nervous system to process and integrate the information in a more organized and meaningful way. Over time, sensory responses become more functional, leading to successful interactions with the environment and other people.
Listening therapy is a sound-based intervention that is frequently used in conjunction with occupational therapy treatment. Listening therapy utilizes specialized music in a home-based program to help amplify the outcomes of sensory-based occupational therapy treatment. Listening therapy is designed to help sensory modulation difficulties, postural control, attention, and behavior.
Academic Readiness Program
Some children struggle in school even though they do not qualify for traditional occupational therapy services. The academic readiness program helps individuals improve internal organization, focus/attention, and multi-tasking skills to increase academic achievement.