ALONGSIDE TAMIAMI AIRPORT
14331 SW 120th Street,
Suite 103, Miami, Florida 33186
Tel: 786.732.6983
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Occupational Therapy

Speech and Language Therapy, ccupational therapists use clinical reasoning during the evaluation and treatment planning process. A series of standardized assessments and clinical observations is used to assist in determining each child’s initial level of functioning in the areas of gross-motor, fine-motor, sensory processing, and organizational behavior.

These observations as well as the therapists’ practical and technical knowledge of typical development and movement allow them to create a unique treatment plan for each child. The treatments are child-directed and play-based, integrating constant negotiations and adjustments of levels of difficulty and expectations to maintain the “just-right challenge.” This occurs when a child is not only internally motivated and engaged in an achievable activity, but also is challenged enough to create new and appropriate adaptive responses. As the child masters this activity, he or she feels successful and is able to function at a higher level in home, educational, social, and emotional contexts.

How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?
Your child might need occupational therapy if:
They seem to have weak hands and/or get tired easily while doing fine motor tasks.
They have difficulty with learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping.
They are overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement.
They are under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses.
They have trouble with writing including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with size and spacing of their letters.
They have trouble learning how to dress themselves.
They have difficulty with coordinating the muscles that control their eyes for good vision.

Evaluations
Complete bilingual Speech and Language Evaluation
An individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Therapists also offer guidance to family members about safe and effective methods of caring for their child, and communicate with the child’s doctors and teachers to ensure appropriate treatment. Occupational therapy for children helps them to develop life skills. The children practice writing, cutting, and other fine motor skills, as well as daily life skills, such as feeding and dressing themselves.

Therapy is recommended for children with the following:
Autistic Spectrum / Cerebral Palsy / All forms Mental Retardation /Down’s Syndrome / Sensory Integration Issues / Visual Perceptual Issues / Strength/Endurance Issues / Rets Syndrome / Fragile X Syndrome / Deaf-Blind / Traumatic Brain Injury / Behavioral Issues / Social/Communication Issues / Attention Deficit Disorder / Attention Hyper-Activity Disorder / Seizure Disorders / Multiple Diagnoses / Amputation(s) / Spina Bifida / Muscular Dystrophy / Multiple Sclerosis / Angelman’s Syndrome / Spinal Cord Injury / Cognition Disorders / Bipolar Disorder / Fine Motor Issues / Gross Motor Issues

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