Why Occupational Therapy?

Children may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:

  • Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming
  • Hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring, and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, etc.
  • Sensory-motor processing and integration
  • Visual motor and handwriting skills

What areas can Occupational Therapy help with?

  • Attention
  • self regulation
  • socialization
  • making eye contact
  • sensory integration
  • aversion to textures such as soap, glue, sticky or slimy foods, tooth brush, etc
  • aversion to physical contact
  • motor planning
  • eye-hand coordination
  • writing
  • feeding
  • dressing independently
  • identify and name shapes and colors
  • Poor academic performance
  • Identify and point body parts (eyes, nose, ears)
  • Bilateral coordination (riding a tricycle, climbing monkey bars, stabilizing papaer with one hand while coloring with the other)

Check your child's stage of child development

2-3 Months

  • Lifts head 45 degrees while in prone (lying on tummy)
  • Opens and closes hands
  • Follows a toy with eyes from side to side
  • Brings hands together toward middle of body
  • Attempts to reach for toy
  • Grasps a small toy placed in hand
  • Breastfeeds or drinks from a bottle without choking, coughing or gagging

4-6 Months

  • Rolls belly to back (both to right and left sides)
  • Hits at dangling toys with hands
  • Lifts head to 90 degrees while in prone (lying on tummy)
  • Raises entire chest when on stomach and bears weight on hands
  • Rolls back to belly (both to right and left sides)

6 Months

  • Begins to sit using hands for support
  • Transfers toys from hand to hand
  • Reaches with increased control for a toy
  • Shakes and bangs toys
  • Eats small amounts of pureed baby food

7-9 Months

  • Sustained sitting without using their arms for support
  • Crawls on hands and knees with stomach off the floor (9 months)
  • Feeds self finger foods (8 months+)
  • Moves into sitting position independently
  • Eats mashed table food

9 Months

  • Sits well to play
  • Imitates simple play such as “peek a boo”
  • Pulls self up to stand using furniture

1 Year

  • Pulls off socks and shoes
  • Cooperates with dressing (helps to pull off clothing; extends arms and legs to assist with dressing)
  • Scribbles on paper
  • Stands alone
  • Walking (1-2 steps alone)
  • Uses thumb and pointer finger to pick up small objects

15 Months

  • Eats a variety of soft, chopped table food
  • Drinks from a sippy cup independently
  • Stacks 2 blocks
  • Walks well with infrequent falls
  • Squats to pick up an object and stands up again without falling

1-2 Years

  • Throws/kicks balls
  • Eats a variety of solid foods

2 Years

  • Snips with scissors
  • Imitates horizontal, vertical lines and circular marks
  • Removes elastic waist pants
  • Builds at least a 6 block tower
  • Pushes, pulls or carries toys while walking (18 months)

2-3 Years

  • Pedals a tricycle
  • Catches a large ball thrown gently from very close
  • Runs well without falling (2.5 years)
  • Drinks from an open cup

3 Years

  • Cuts straight lines
  • Copies vertical, horizontal lines and circles
  • Buttons large buttons
  • Throws tennis ball 5-7 feet overhand with one hand
  • Catches large ball thrown from 5 feet away

3-4 Years

  • Static tripod grasp (held with thumb, index and middle fingers while hand moves as a unit)

4 Years

  • Cuts out a circle
  • Zips jacket
  • Copies intersecting lines, diagonal lines, simple shapes, some letters and numbers
  • Balances on one foot for 10 seconds or longer

5 Years

  •  Prints name from memory
  •  Colors within the lines
  •  Draws a person with at least 6 or more different parts
  •  Cuts out a square

5-6 Years

  • Dynamic tripod grasp (held with thumb, index and middle fingers with ring and pinky curled into palm; movement of writing utensil comes from the fingertips)
  • Throws at a target 5 feet away and hits target fairly consistently

6 Years

  • Copies letters and numbers
  • Skips independently
  • Rides a bicycle independently

Insurances we accept

  • Medicaid
  • Children Medical Services (CMS) Title-19
  • Children Medical Services (CMS) Title-21
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Prestige
  • United Healthcare
  • Simply Healthcare
  • Private Pay

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