What We Do in Occupational Therapy:
Occupation is work and a child’s work is play. Our occupational therapists can provide evaluations of fine and gross motor skills, the ability to perform functional tasks (feeding yourself, dressing yourself, handwriting, etc.) and sensory needs.
We can diagnose a child with developmental motor or coordination delays OR we can help figure out what skills your child or loved one needs to work on if they already have a diagnosis like down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, and more.
We can provide weekly or monthly individual or group occupational therapy to work on your child’s goals either at our clinic or in your home through your computer or tablet.
We can help guide you to doctors, community organizations, and support groups if you need more help than we can provide.
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.
Our Occupational Therapists have experience with the following diagnosis:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Childhood Muscular & Neurological Disorders
- Down Syndrome
- Global Developmental Delay
- Gross and Fine Motor Delays
- Intellectual Impairments
- Sensory Processing Disorder
…and many more.
Please call our office to discuss an occupational therapy evaluation if:
- Your doctor has recommended occupational therapy.
- Your child has failed a screening like the MCHAT or ASQ (these are provided by your pediatrician).
- Your child is 1 but can’t point with one finger, crawl, or pull to stand.
- Your child is 3-5, and has trouble with dressing, feeding, or other common tasks.
- Your child or loved one has trouble holding a crayon or pencil or trouble with drawing or writing.
- Your child or loved one seems overly sensitive to grooming (hair brushing, nail clipping, etc.), noises (sirens, hand dryers, etc.), or touch (feel of certain types of clothing, etc.)
- Your child seems clumsy or struggles to pick up skills like catching a ball or using riding toys.
- Your child or loved one struggles to stay calm and focused, has tantrums or meltdowns, shuts down or “checks-out” when overwhelmed.
- Your child or loved one is getting school or community OT, but you think they need more support.
- Your gut tells you something isn’t right.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept insurance?
We accept many insurances, including:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Blue Care Network
- United Health Care
- United Health Care- Community Plan
If your insurance is not on here, reach out to us anyway. We can check with our insurance folks to see if we can add them to our list!
What if my insurance doesn't cover it?
All service fees are adjusted on a sliding scale, based on income. For programs like Therapy and Fun, we offer payment plans (not based on credit) over 6-9 months.
What documents do you need to get started?
We usually need the following items before we can schedule you:
- a copy of your insurance card
- a doctor’s referral (fax to 616-559-1056)
- a copy of your child’s IEP, if applicable
How long does it take to get an appointment?
We can usually see new clients within two weeks. The longest part of the process is usually waiting to hear back from insurance.