Alta Pediatrics is a highly-rated occupational therapy clinic located in Scotch Plains, NJ. We specialize in treating children from 0-21, including babies, toddlers, preschoolers, school-age children, and teenagers. Our expert staff brings years of experience in treating children for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delays, Infant Feeding, Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, and Handwriting.
Fine motor skills enable one to complete small detailed tasks, using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. Fine motor skills include handwriting, tying shoes, buttons and zippers, and typing
Coordination is essential for fluid and automatic movement and is required between our right and left sides, upper and lower extremities, and eyes and hands.
GROSS MOTOR SKILLS
Gross motor skills entail whole-body movement, using the large muscles in the torso, arms and legs. Gross motor skills include walking, playing sports, and sitting up at a desk.
Sensory processing is the interpretation of information sent to our brains via our senses and movement. Individuals must be able to adequately process sensory input in order to maintain focus and regulation.
ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING
Activities of Daily Living encompass the basics of self-care, which are prerequisites for maturation and healthy independence. ADLs include bathing, dressing, feeding, and toileting.
Handwriting requires countless complex skills such as vision, attention, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, muscle memory, core strength, sensory integration, and posture.
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Pediatric occupational therapy is OT that addresses kiddos. Typically, kiddos are seen for developmental conditions and the approach is considered habilitative, which is the development of skills and function that they otherwise would have had a difficult time or been unable to develop without services. Pediatric OT addresses the occupations and skills that are most important to kids including play, education, sports and other leisure activities, and ADLs (getting dressed and other self-care).
How can pediatric occupational therapists help ?
Pediatric occupational therapists address kiddos development. They evaluate and assess whether a child is at a developmentally appropriate level in all areas and with all of their occupations. If there are any developmental delays or deficits, the OT will plan and implement interventions to address family and child focused goals to ensure they continue to progress in their development and can perform all of the tasks or occupations required throughout their lives.
Does my child need pediatric occupational therapy?
If you are asking this question, it is best to get an informal screening or initial evaluation for your child to determine a formal need for occupational therapy. If you feel your child is missing or slower in meeting developmental milestones, having difficulties with their occupations such as school and school tasks, play, sports, or ADLs like getting dressed and other self-care, then occupational therapy can help address these concerns. There are many underlying reasons a child has difficulty with these occupations or reaching developmental milestones and an occupational therapist can help assess these areas and provide interventions to improve function and overall development.
How does occupational therapy help autism?
Those who are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach, often receiving services from occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and applied behavior analysis. It is important for these service providers to coordinate treatment plans and goals and provide an interdisciplinary approach to ensure the best treatment outcomes and goal attainment. Occupational therapy, in particular, helps those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder with sensory integration and improved function in developmentally appropriate activities, whether that is getting dressed, handwriting, staying seated for school,visual perception, functional communication, core strength, or fine motor skills. Occupational therapists work with both those with an ASD diagnosis and their parents or families to determine goals, provide strategies or activities to continue at home, and communicate with other service providers to ensure goal alignment.
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