Services

Developmental Occupational Therapy, PC offers pediatric occupational therapy services to children and families in the greater Sacramento area. Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on assisting children in attaining the gross motor, fine motor, sensory regulation, and self-care skills needed to be successful in their everyday environments

Population

We provide services to children from 0–18 years old with the following diagnoses:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder,
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Sensory Processing Disorder,
  • Executive Functioning Dysfunction,
  • Specific Learning Disability,
  • Intellectual Disability,
  • Downs Syndrome,
  • and others

Evaluations and Assessments

Therapists use a combination of skilled observation, parent report, and standardized assessments to complete their analysis. Evaluations can be formal (with a written report) or informal (without a written report) depending on family’s preference.

Individual Sessions

One–on-one instruction with client and therapist plus parent training/education on an as needed basis.

Group Sessions

Groups consist of 2-3 clients to 1 therapist. Groups are developed based on areas of need, age, and developmental/skill level.

Consultation

Consultative sessions are available for parents and/or students. Sessions would occur as needed and could take place in-clinic, over the phone, or off-site depending on need.

Parent Education/Training

One-on-one or group sessions available. A course on executive functioning is currently available. Other topics could include handwriting and sensory processing strategies, depending on interest.

Specialties

Early Intervention

Early intervention is the term used to describe the services and supports that are available to babies and young children ages 0 through 3 years. The focus is to address the child’s developmental delays with a family centered focus. Early childhood intervention programs are designed to address factors that place children at risk for delays in motor, cognitive, self-care, and behavioral skill as they develop and grow. Research shows that children who receive early intervention services before the age of 3 years have better chances to become independent and functional participants in their home, school, and social environments.

Our staff strongly believe in the benefits of early intervention and are well trained in providing these services to our families. Developmental Occupational Therapy, PC contracts with Alta California Regional Center to provide assessments and treatments for eligible children and their families.

Feeding Therapy

Feeding therapy’s primary focus is to teach children how to eat. Feeding therapists are specially trained in oral motor skills, developmental food progression, and eating techniques to help children eat and drink more effectively, easily, and with more FUN! It is important to know that feeding therapy is a specialty within a specialty. Your feeding therapist has gone through extra advance training requirements to attain additional knowledge and experience in feeding. Here at Developmental Occupational Therapy, PC we use the SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) feeding approach. This approach encourages children to explore new foods through a play based, sensory exploration, and stress-free setting. So prepare to get messy! Through multi-sensory food play and a systematic approach, children develop the oral motor, behavioral, and sensory processing skills needed for successful and safe eating. Sessions can be provided one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Feeding therapy may be appropriate for your child if they:

-have significant behavior changes at meal times or with food

-eat less than 20 foods

-have a sever reaction to smells, tastes, or sight of food

-refuses to try new foods

-poor oral motor skills