Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on assisting children in attaining the gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, sensory regulation, bilateral coordination, praxis, and self-care skills needed to be successful in their everyday activities and environments. Our team of occupational therapists focus on providing services that are holistic and developmentally focused, so clients obtain the building blocks they need for all area of their lives. Sessions are typically 60 minutes long.
Our team of Speech-Language Pathologists provide pediatric speech and language evaluations and treatment for clients from birth through 18 years. Our speech-language pathologists use a developmental and holistic model that emphasizes parent education and coaching to promote generalization of skills from the clinic to home and school. Sessions are typically 30 minutes or 60 minutes in duration and determined based on need of the client.
Speech and language services may target:
- Expressive language – the ability to express oneself, verbally or non-verbally, to effectively communicate wants, needs, thoughts, and ideas
- Receptive language – the ability to comprehend spoken language
- Articulation and Phonology – the production of speech sounds to improve intelligibility
- Motor Speech Disorders – planning and coordinating oral musculature to produce speech
- Alternative and Augmentative Communication – working with low-technology and high-technology to find alternatives to verbal speech
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! 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 a 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 (based on need and availability) and are typically 60 minutes long.
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, language, and behavioral skills 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 believes 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.