When your child feels comfortable and safe exploring and playing in nature, on school yards, and at parks and gyms, they naturally develop more quickly. Gross Motor skills, especially postural skills, are foundational to developing fine-motor, visual-motor, and oral-motor skills.
Occupational therapy is the best therapy for getting results when it comes to hand strength, coordination for in-hand-manipulation, and tool use for feeding and writing.
We use a sensory approach to handwriting, incorporating Handwriting Without Tears, Pencil Gymnastics, and Size Matters curricula. Our approach makes handwriting accessible and fun.
Occupational therapists address sensory processing in the treatment of attention, focus, alertness, self-regulation, gross motor skills, and self-care. We teach you how to provide the sensory input that your child needs, and also how to reduce the sensory inputs that inhibit learning, play, and enjoyment.
Reflexes are essential to survival and provide a foundation for learning how to move throughout the world. They are also the driving force for early development of sensory processing and integration. When development is stalled for any reason, primitive and developmental reflexes can get stuck in the body and brainstem, hindering the development of efficient, coordinated movement. Since movement is the basis for cognitive development, stuck reflexes, also referred to as unintegrated reflexes can affect learning, sensory processing, self-regulation, handwriting, feeding, as well as a child's sense of well being and self-esteem.
Self-regulation is like a muscle; we get better at it as we practice. Self-regulation is closely linked to a child's ability to recognize how they feel, name their emotions, express how they feel, ask for what they need, and to be acknowledged and heard. We work with your family to identify strategies to progress your child's social-emotional learning, and we teach communication strategies such as NVC to support family modeling of supportive communication.
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