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Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Our pediatric occupational therapists can help your child reach goals and developmental milestones to improve their quality and function for daily living. Occupational therapy focuses on how your child coordinates movements, plays, regulates, attends to, and receives sensory information from the world around them. The skilled intervention and caregiver education provided within our Occupational Therapy program can help your child:

Improve sensory processing abilities

Develop Age appropriate play skills

Improve independence and participation in dressing, bathing, eating, or grooming.

Fine motor and eye hand coordination development

Visual perceptual abilities

Skills needed for their education (pre-writing, writing and scissor skills).

Reach motor development milestones

Improve ability to regulate within and attend to environment

Develop and learn strategies to improve executive functioning skills.

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How do I know if my child may benefit from feeding therapy?

Common concerns include:

Refusing food or liquid

Failure to accept different food textures

Coughing or gagging during meals

Difficulty chewing

Excessive drooling while feeding

Gurgling, hoarse, or breathy voice during feeding

Frequent spitting or vomiting

Recurring pneumonia or respiratory infections

Less than normal weight gain or growth

Sensory processing difficulties

Delayed developmental milestones

What is the role of an occupational therapist in lactation?

Through evidence-based practice, OTs are able to provide a holistic approach to breastfeeding through a unique perspective as developmental specialist with significant training in anatomy, physiology, and sensory processing. Through this whole-body approach, OTs can educate and empower parents while supporting infants with & without developmental disorders in the natural progression of feeding by addressing internal and external factors, such as positioning, state regulation, oral motor skills, and more.

What is the role of a speech therapist in lactation?

Speech-language pathologists are trained in the mechanisms of the swallow, oral motor development, and the management of dysphagia. SLP’s play a critical role in the management of feeding for those with complex medical needs while assisting parents in chairing their goals. SLP’s provide support to parents and infants by addressing pre-feeding skills, the physiology of the swallow, and how these factors may impact their ability to safely and adequately consume an age-appropriate diet.

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