Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) helps children develop age appropriate skills including: fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, self-care, and executive functioning skills. These are skills needed to be independent within their daily living tasks. Occupational therapy is based upon “client-centered care”, identifying a child’s strengths, interests, and needs. An individualized treatment plan, which is meaningful and motivational, is then developed to address the unique needs of each child to progress their developmental skills. By incorporating the interests of our clients, PAAC’s pediatric program aims to help our kids thrive in their daily occupations, which include activities of daily living (ADLs), self-care, play, social interaction, and education.

At PAAC, all clients will receive an initial evaluation.

During the initial evaluation, dependent on age, some formal assessments may be administered to gain a better understanding of your child’s skills and how they perform compared to a national average of children their age. These assessments then break down each skill set into subsections to provide insight into which specific skill may be impacting your child’s ability to complete certain tasks.

During the initial evaluation, the therapist will also observe and assess all age appropriate skills. Upon completion of the evaluation, a child-specific treatment plan is developed to specifically work on each of the skills that your child may have difficulties with. 

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Therapy is play-based because research has shown this is how kids learn, integrate, and succeed in their skills. For younger children, many goals focus on their main occupations of activities of daily living (ADLs), play, education, and social participation. Children will work on the foundational skills that allow them to complete everyday tasks such as handwriting, dressing, and many more! 

For older children, many goals focus on their main occupations of ADLs, Instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), education, social participation, leisure, work, and health management. Work tasks are broken down into specific vocational skills that are required to complete a job of your child’s preference. Occupational therapy practices these skills in a safe environment, while the therapist is able to provide skilled adaptations to increase success within the job. Older children may also work on executive functioning skills such as organization, time management, working memory, and regulating self-control.

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FAQ

What Is OT?

Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on the therapeutic use of everyday activities to promote physical and cognitive growth in order to reach an individual’s long-term and short-term goals

With a focus on fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory processing skills, OT also helps individuals who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing.

Occupational therapy is based upon “client-centered care”, identifying a child’s strengths, interests, and needs. An individualized treatment plan, which is meaningful and motivational, is then developed to address the unique needs of each child to progress their developmental skills.

By incorporating the interests of our clients, PAAC’s pediatric program aims to help our kids thrive in their daily occupations, which include activities of daily living (ADLs), self-care, play, social interaction, and education.

How Do I Know If My Child Would Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

If your child is having difficulty mastering age appropriate milestones, struggling with fine or gross motor activities, or self care skills your child may benefit from skilled OT services.

What age range does PAAC treat?

At PAAC we can treat kids from ages 2-21.

What does an evaluation consist of and how long will it take?

An evaluation typically takes about an hour to complete. The parent and child both will attend the evaluation. The evaluating therapist uses a combination of standardized assessments and therapeutic clinical observation to assess your child. We look at all areas of functioning and performance and how it might impact your child’s ability to independently complete their occupations (most importantly for children: play, activities of daily living, self care). During an evaluation, the therapist also determines your child’s strengths and interests, and how to improve upon those.

Where Can My Child Receive PAAC’s Occupational Therapy?

Brodheadsville and Jim Thorpe locations.

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