Increasing self-regulation in children. Growing independence by strengthening skills. Getting a grasp on handwriting. Calming your child’s internal environment externally.
The Occupational Therapy Department at ALLS provides services for pediatric populations. We specialize in sensory processing, visual perceptual development, attention and regulation, social skills, feeding, and fine motor development. Our approach is eclectic, drawing from evidence-based methods and models for sensory processing and sensory integration, reflex integration, fine and gross motor development,handwriting, and self-care activities.
Our services include screenings, evaluations, and treatments in our fully equipped sensory integration gyms.
An Occupational Therapist will break down an activity to help the child master the steps that are more difficult for them. Therapy focuses on improving motor skills, sensory development, self-regulation, arousal, and building self-esteem. The focus is on parent-identified priorities for changes in daily functioning at home, at school, and/or in the community. Parents are updated on progress at the end of every session. Personalized home programs are developed for each child, and consultations with outside school staff are available by parent request. Our Occupational Therapists can do clinic treatment sessions, or home or school visits, where they can work with the child in their everyday environment. We assess and treat students with a variety of areas of need. These might include:
- Fine and gross motor development (coordination, balance, praxis)
- Sensory processing / modulation (attention, focus, filtering, balance, sensitivity)
- Visual perceptual skills (visual processing)
- Oculomotor (eye tracking for reading)
- Hand-eye coordination (to support handwriting and sports)
- Self-care (e.g. dressing and brushing teeth)
- Feeding challenges, sensory and medically related
A child does not need a formal diagnosis to begin Occupational Therapy. The therapist begins the evaluation process by getting an overview from the parents and the child on how the child functions in their “occupations,” or what occupies most of their time. A child’s occupations can include self-care (e.g., eating and dressing) learning, play, and participation in daily routines.
Unique Occupational Therapy programs offered at ALLS:
- Sensory Integration
- Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
- Interactive Metronome (IM)
- Mighty Hands Handwriting Clubs
- Feeding and Food Aversion Groups
- Sensorimotor Social Groups
- Intensive Summer Programs
Occupational Therapy services are also available for adults.