Occupational therapy focuses on helping people with physical, sensory, or cognitive delays be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapists strive to enhance each client’s self-esteem and sense of accomplishment by promoting increased participation in the activities that are most meaningful to them. With young children, occupational therapy often focuses helping the client master skills needed to complete basic self-care tasks or on improving attention and self-regulation that is needed to engage in basic play and learning activities. Occupational therapy with older children and teenagers typically focuses on helping clients master more dynamic skills while working to establish positive habits and routines that are necessary for maximum independence.
Skills Addressed in Occupational Therapy
Self-care: Getting dressed, brushing teeth, using utensils
Independent Living: Completing basic chores, preparing simple snacks/meals,
Feeding: Picky eaters, oral motor strength and control, sensory defensiveness
Sensory Processing: Over-responsive or under-responsive to certain sensory stimuli
Cognitive: Problem solving, sequencing, memory, attention
Fine Motor: Grasp to manipulate objects/fasteners, handwriting, in-hand manipulation of items
Gross Motor: Overall strength and endurance, bilateral coordination, motor planning
How do I get started?
Please contact our office or click the link below if you feel your child struggles with any of the skills listed. Our team will set up an intake meeting with you to discuss your concerns and determine if an evaluation is needed.
How do I pay for Occupational Therapy?
Meaningful Day Services is in-network with most private insurance companies and Medicaid plans. When occupational therapy services are denied by insurance and Medicaid providers, Medicaid Waiver may be utilized as a funding source. Our team of insurance specialists are available to assist families with their individual questions about each funding source.