Occupational Therapy for Children

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Occupational therapy at STAR Institute for SPD Treatment Center focuses on arousal regulation and relationship-based direct intervention. We believe that priorities for treatment must be geared toward three quality of life priorities: increased social participation, self-regulation and self-esteem. Generally, therapy includes strategies for modulation and discrimination of sensation as well as increased postural control and motor planning using a sensory integration approach as needed. We also incorporate parent-identified priorities for changes in daily functioning at home, at school, and/or in the community. Always there is a focus on improving parent-child relationships and joie de vivre (joy in life).

The goal of occupational therapy is to enable children with SPD to accurately detect, regulate, and interpret sensations, and the execution of appropriate motor and behavioral responses to sensations so that children are able to perform everyday activities in a functional manner.

For children, the focus is on play: playing with parents, playing with siblings and playing with friends, enjoying success in school and completing daily routines such as eating, dressing, sleeping with satisfaction, and enjoying a healthy fulfilling family life. Parents are coached to work through the natural ups and downs of life with their child so they can live more joyfully together.

Occupational therapists at STAR Institute teach you to understand how sensation is perceived by your child, and how those perceptions affect attention, social and emotional abilities, motor skills, and learning. Your occupational therapist serves as coach, educator, and role model while you actively participate in every session, and learn productive strategies for home, school, and the community during your child’s OT sessions.

Therapy sessions are FUN, and are subtly structured so that your child is challenged but always successful in completing each activity. The emphasis is on developing automatic and appropriate responses to sensation in an active, meaningful, and fun way by interacting in a large occupational therapy room filled with hanging equipment such as nets, ropes, swings, and other sensory equipment.