Pediatric Occupational Therapy
The word “occupation” refers to the meaningful activities that an individual participates in during their daily life. For children these occupations include play, school, self-care, socialization, sports, leisure and family time. A child may struggle with one or more of these areas due to developmental delays or other conditions impacting development. Beacon Pediatric Therapy Services provides occupational therapy services for children starting at the age of 2 months and up. We provide therapy for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary age children.
For infants, we provide treatment for torticollis also known as an infant head tilt. Babies can be at risk for head flattening (plagiocephaly) when torticollis is present. Infant therapy also focuses to help babies with low muscle tone, poor core strength and muscle weakness to learn how to roll, learn how to crawl, learn how to sit and help with learning walking. Play activities are used in infant therapy to help babies get to the next stage of motor skills.
Therapy for toddlers includes play activities for improving fine motor skills such as holding crayons, cutting with scissors, pushing buttons, and putting together puzzles. We provide play therapy for gross motor skills such as jumping, walking up steps, climbing on the playground, help with balance and clumsiness. Occupational Therapy helps children to learn to dress themself, brush their teeth and feed themself.
For preschool and elementary age children, occupational therapy works with children who are having difficulty with coordination, balance, body awareness, sensory issues such as difficulty with loud sounds, not liking textures of clothing, or picky eating as well as using tools and manipulating objects such as handwriting, coloring and drawing.
We provide treatment for:
- Fine Motor Skills
- Visual Perception/Visual Motor Integration
- Balance, Strength, Coordination
- Primitive Reflex Integration
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Gross Motor Coordination
- Play Skills/Social Skills
- Developmental Milestones
- Feeding Therapy
- Self-Help Skills such as dressing, buttoning, feeding