Services

Services offered in both English and French:

 Assessment, Treatment and Consultation:

A good way to start is by a simple telephone call to determine if your child requires pediatric occupational therapy services. The next step would be scheduling a first visit where an assessment with possibly some treatment strategies and consultation would be offered. Once the decision is made to continue, a plan can be designed to help move your child and your family towards the desired goal.  A comprehensive assessment will be available upon request.

 Feeding:

Is your child a picky eater?  Is he or she having difficulty transitioning from breast or bottle to purees? Is there resistance to moving from purees to lumpy foods or soft dissolvable solids?  Does your child crave or fear crunchy foods? Does your child have frequent gagging episodes, or vomiting, or choking either with liquids or solids?  Then he or she may be experiencing feeding difficulties.

Occupational therapy intervention will help discern if the problem and/or solution lie in either of the following: oral motor skill deficit, sensory processing deficit, motor planning difficulty, experience of trauma, and developmental skill deficit. http://www.sosapproach-conferences.com/,

http://ellynsatterinstitute.org/dor/divisionofresponsibilityinfeeding.php,

 

Handwriting:

Dysgraphia is the term used to describe a handwriting learning disability.  Early intervention can prevent bad habits from forming and quicker remediation. Occupational Therapy intervention will look at your child’s handwriting sample, as well as observe his or her posture, position of pencil grip, visual motor, fine motor and motor planning skills. Even in higher grades, when children use technology instead of handwriting due to the academic demands, the introduction of cursive handwriting can offer an alternative that would assist them in their future education/employment goals.  I received my certification as a Level I handwriting specialist on April 14, 2014.  This will permit me to offer quicker assessment results to the children I serve as well as numerous strategies to develop a solid foundation in handwriting and also for remediation of handwriting.

HWT Level 1 Logo

http://www.ldao.ca/introduction-to-ldsadhd/ldsadhs-in-depth/articles/about-lds/dysgraphia-the-handwriting-learning-disability/

What Learning Cursive Does for Your Brain | Psychology Today

http://www.canchild.ca/en/canchildresources/effectivenessofot.asp

http://www.hwtears.com/kwt

Fine Motor Skills:

Fine motor skills are described as the ability to co-ordinate the small muscles of the hand in order to perform precise and refined movement.  These skills develop in a somewhat predictable pattern in the early years of childhood.  Lots of tummy time for your infant will develop not only hip and trunk stability but also will work on shoulder stability to assist in reaching, grasping, and holding a toy as well as prepare the hands for fine motor manipulation.  Occupational therapy intervention will provide you with the tools to assist and help engage your child in developmentally appropriate activities that would ready your child to perform the tasks of self-care, academic and pre-academic activities with greater confidence.

http://www.skillbuildersonline.com/SBA/PDF/Fine_Motor_Skill_Development_0-6_Years.pdf

http://www.fingergym.info/downloads/Finemotordevpp1-4.pdf

http://connectability.ca/2011/03/21/practical-strategies-for-developing-fine-motor-skills/

http://www.healthline.com/galecontent/fine-motor-skills-2

http://www.therapystreetforkids.com/fm-handarches2.html

Infant development:

The vast majority of low-birth-weight babies do very well. However, the smaller and less mature a baby is, the more likely he or she is to encounter certain challenges or complications. Each premature baby reacts to each challenge in her own unique way.

http://www.babycenter.ca/a555461/early-challenges-for-premature-babies#ixzz2qsb4U2VS

Occupational therapy intervention offers you strategies to encourage the development of critical milestones such as: feeding, head control, reaching, grasping, rolling, coming up to sit, early play skills.

A simple telephone call may assist you in determining whether OT intervention is required at this time or not.

Sensory-Processing:

Sensory processing disorder is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving information from the senses making it challenging to function effectively within the environment, even though most children with SPD are just as intelligent as their peers and some are even gifted.  Children affected by SPD need to be taught in ways that are adapted to how they process information.  They need leisure activities that suit their own sensory processing needs.

The goal of OccupationalTherapy is to develop automatic and appropriate responses to sensation so that daily occupations can be performed competently and social participation can be encouraged.  A sensory based approach which invites family, daycare providers, and classroom teachers to offer opportunity for movement breaks, adding a sensory diet to their day, increased understanding of seeing the world through the lenses of what the child sees are all beneficial to encouraging attainment of goals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDaj4daRWJc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1G5ssZlVUw

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Understanding-Your-Childs-Sensory-Signals/226232787490900

http://spdstar.org/our-treatment-model/

http://www.spdfoundation.net/symptoms.html

https://www.alertprogram.com/

http://www.zonesofregulation.com/

Workshops:

1.  Fine Motor Skills on a shoestring Budget

2.  Pre-Academic skills:  Scribbling to printing and snipping to cutting.  I just recently presented to a daycare who requested a staff education session on Skill Development- Getting ready for school, follow the link to review the powerpoint handouts provided.

3.  Ask an OT about Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play for Baby

4.  Remediating Handwriting challenges today for a more successful tomorrow

5.  Making mealtime fun

 

Any of the above workshops can be geared for interest groups, for pre-school or day care providers, for schools, for early years centers, for parents groups, such as moms and tots.