- Diane Ackerman
What is occupational therapy?
A child’s job or “occupation” is be independent in self-care activities, play, social settings, and be successful in school. Aspire’s occupational therapists strive to help each child improve their skills and move to independence in order to actively participate in age appropriate day to day activities or “occupations” that are meaningful to each child and family. Aspiring to achieve the highest level of independence and reach his/her full potential in these functional “occupations” give a child purpose and feeling of success and accomplishment.
An occupational therapist can help a child who is experiencing difficulty with any of the following:
Who can benefit from occupational therapy?
Often times, children are referred for occupational therapy related to variety of neurologic, genetic, musculoskeletal, developmental diagnoses such as:
How can Aspire’s occupational therapists help?
Aspire Pediatric Therapy’s Occupational Therapists use various standardized and clinical assessments in order to complete a comprehensive evaluation of your child to determine the underline barriers or the “why” your child is having difficulty.
An individualized plan is developed with goals for functional outcomes and child/family education and coaching.
Families are collaborators in this process and an integral part of the therapy team. Family input is vital to help us understand the struggles and successes occurring at home and in the community, in addition to family priorities.
Aspire’s occupational therapists incorporate play-based skilled interventions and therapeutic modalities into every session. Our therapy is provided in a fun, positive atmosphere that facilitates each child’s motivation to explore, develop, and improve their motor, sensory processing, visual, cognitive, and social skills to reach their full potential for life-long success. Some interventions our therapists use include:
Families often contact us looking for answers to questions and concerns for children who are having challenges with their “occupations” as above. Please contact Aspire Pediatric Therapy if have concerns about any of these areas for your child. (412) 474-3566.