Occupational and Physical Therapies
Occupational Therapy: Occupation is work and a child’s work is play. Occupational therapy helps to do work which may be play on the playground, work in the classroom, and help at home. There is nothing better than a child who says, “ I made it all by myself” or, “Look what I can do.” We are here to help facilitate those accomplishments.
As the child integrates sensory input with fine and gross motor skills, friends are made and success in school happens.
Just as it is not possible to separate the parts of the child, it is also not possible to separate much of the therapy needed to improve play and work. A variety of methods are used for the child’s growth.
- The body adjusts to incoming signals: light, sound, touch, and movement.Occupational therapy addresses sensory needs.
- Crawling, walking, running, and jumping happen when the core muscles of the body strengthen. Occupational therapy focuses on muscles.
- Making cookies, playing with blocks, using scissors, and reading all use small muscles and develop the eye-brain connection. Occupational therapy helps to coordinate the fine motor muscles.
Therapy makes it possible for the “work” of school and life to be successful.
Physical Therapy: Aligns the brain and muscles in a traditional, holistic, systematic approach (the Feldenkrais model) to improve body awareness and ease of daily activities. It is for children and teens who have been injured or have movement problems. We use a variety of treatments to help build strength, improve movement, improve skills, and decrease pain. There are exercises designed to help regain strength, coordination, balance, and range of motion. We show families how to assist in movement education and prevent future injuries.
Write On: A specialized program of Comprehensive Therapy Center, excellent for pre-kindergarten to grade eight. Our occupational therapists evaluate and treat posture, hand strength and visual motor skills, as they combine for penmanship. Write On therapy starts where the child is functioning at the pre-writing, manuscript, or cursive stage of handwriting development. After evaluation, therapy is available.