Pediatric occupational therapy services in a fun, play-based environment
Pediatric occupational therapists help children achieve their optimal potential in their daily “occupations” of play, self-care and school. The goal of occupational therapy is to increase a child’s success in these occupations and address any of the foundational areas of sensory processing and motor planning that influence the performance of functional skills and participation in daily activities. Pediatric occupational therapists at The Carruth Center are Texas licensed, NBCOT registered and have extensive trainings in a variety of treatment strategies.
In order to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent long-lasting disability, occupational therapists direct an individual to participate in tasks of self-care, as well as work and play activities. Children who have a developmental or learning disability, cognitive impairment or psychosocial dysfunction can benefit from occupational therapy. Among other things, occupational therapists often work with children who demonstrate difficulties with sensory processing and sensory integration, as well as gross and fine motor strength, planning and coordination.
Occupational therapy may be recommended if a child has trouble with:
- Sensory processing
- Over-responsivity and/or under-responsivity to input: touch, movement, positional changes, tastes, textures, smells, noises
- Behavioral concerns: organization, attention, impulsivity, safety awareness, task completion, withdrawal, aggression
- Fine motor skills, including grasping, precision, manipulation
- Visual-perceptual-motor skills, including handwriting
- Self-help skills, including feeding, dressing, grooming, toileting, manipulating fasteners
- Motor planning and body awareness, including initiating/executing tasks, developing functional play skills, tolerating changes in routines or transitions
- Balance and postural strength/stability which are needed to sustain upright and seated postures for functional tasks (eating, doing homework/schoolwork, self-help tasks)
- Bilateral coordination, strength and endurance, including jumping, running, climbing, gross motor tasks
- Eye-hand coordination and visual tracking, including, ball skills, tracking objects smoothly
- Rachel Czar, OT, SIPT Certified
- Jennifer Woody, OTR/L, MOT, CAS
- Rosie Herlihy, OTR/L
- Sibi Samuel, OTR, MOT
Please contact Elizabeth Chapa for more information.