Feeding, eating and swallowing are activities of daily living (ADLs) that are fundamental in our lives. Occupational therapists provide essential services in the comprehensive management of problems that affect feeding, eating, and swallowing. OTs have a holistic perspective and intervention focuses on the components that enhance the individual’s ability to participate in eating and feeding.
Fine motor skills – finger dexterity, wrist and forearm control, and hand strength
Gross motor skills – balance and body coordination
Dressing, bathing and self-feeding.
Taking turns, listening, following directions, and appropriate behavior
Remembering letters, shapes and sequences
Occupational therapists can help children with Autism function better in both home and school environments. They possess knowledge of the underlying sensory issues these children may face. They also help equip parents on how to successfully manage any behavioral struggles their child may have.
Occupational therapists help build literacy skills and prepare children for school by addressing things like play, hand-eye coordination, attention, emotional regulation, handwriting, drawing, and cutting. These things all aid in successful performance at school.
This list may not be all inclusive. These are the main areas that we cover and specialize in. If you have questions regarding area of service, do not hesitate to call for more information.