What is Occupational Therapy

Play is the work of children.

Learning through play is a critical aspect of childhood development.

Play helps develop physical, cognitive, emotional, and social skills.  Pediatric Occupational Therapy uses play to enhance those functional developmental areas.  Play is a child’s main occupation through which they learn the skills to be successful at school, home, and in the community.

Occupational Therapy at Hope Pediatric focuses on improving a child’s development in the areas of sensory processing, gross motor skills, core and upper body strength, upper body coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, play skills, social/emotional skills, self-care skills, oral motor skills and feeding, and visual processing skills.  In development, it is not only important when, but how a child communicates, moves, eats, and plays.  All children develop differently and at varying rates.  Delays in development are best addressed as early as possible to ensure your child’s best outcome.  Looking at each child’s occupation of play and teaching them new skills through play is our priority.

Hope Pediatric is committed to providing the highest quality, family-centered care based on your child’s unique needs.  We strive to take the extra step to helping both the child and family.  Acknowledging and accentuating a child’s strengths is vital when working on acquiring new skills.  A child must be provided with that “just right” challenge to effectively engage them in the therapeutic process.

When your child and family need help…there is Hope!

Hope Pediatric provides individualized assessment and intervention planning based on the child’s needs.  We provide extensive evaluations which look at play, gross motor, fine motor, sensory processing, visual processing, and sensory motor expectations.  Meeting with each family to discuss goals and family priorities is an essential component to our approach after the evaluation.  Treatments are play-based and are unique to the developmental level of each child.

Again, it is important to seek early intervention to address the areas of concern before it causes a reduction in functional abilities, low self-esteem, poor school performance, or strained peer and family relationships.


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