We identify and improve difficulties that interfere with the child’s potential to perform functional daily living skills and peer activities. Direct treatment is provided as well as a consultation for a home program. Our occupational therapists incorporate sensory integration and neurodevelopmental techniques specific to each child’s needs.
SENSORY INTEGRATION DYSFUNCTION
Occurs when one or more of our sensory systems have difficulties accurately processing environmental stimuli. The result may be subtle or it can be very disruptive for the child and family. A child with sensory processing difficulties may interpret a gentle touch as extremely invasive and react with “fight / fright / flight” reactions. Things that may be interpreted by others as pleasurable may be interpreted as painful to this child. Sensory Integration treatment can help this child to process sensory stimuli more accurately to allow for improved function and quality of life.
The Interactive Metronome (IM) is a therapeutic assessment and training program that improves attention, concentration, motor planning and sequencing. Improvements in those areas result in stronger motor control and coordination, improved motor control and coordination, balance and gait, and improved language and cognition.
IM is a structured, goal-oriented program that challenges the client to synchronize a range of whole body exercises to a precise computer- generated beat.The client attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor movements. IM’s game-like features engage the client with auditory and visual guidance and provides real-time feedback while encouraging him/her to improve their scores.
The Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
The SOS program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding problems. The program is offered in both individual and group formats.
SOS is based on normal developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding typically found in children. It uses a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills necessary for children to progress with eating various textures and a variety of foods.
This program has been helpful in assisting many children with a variety of feeding needs and diagnoses, especially children who are picky eaters. Sessions focus on actively exploring and eventually tasting new foods.
Parents are required to observe group treatment sessions in order to begin to carry over and use this approach at home.