Occupational Therapy Services

The practice of Occupational Therapy is defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association as “the therapeutic use of occupations, including everyday life activities with individuals, groups, populations, or organizations to support participation, performance, and function in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, community, and other settings.”

Occupational therapy services are provided for habilitation, rehabilitation, and the promotion of health and wellness to those who have or are at risk for developing an illness, injury, disease, disorder, condition, impairment, disability, activity limitation, or participation restriction. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, sensory-perceptual, and other aspects of performance in a variety of contexts and environments to support engagement in occupations that affect physical and mental health, well-being, and quality of life.”

The occupational therapy team at Synaptic Pediatric Therapies believes that every child is capable of excellence. We strive to meet each child exactly where they are and to tailor an approach to intervention that specifically meets their needs as an individual. We utilize play and meaningful activities to facilitate the skill development and growth. We set high expectations for each child because we know they are capable of reaching all of their goals and leading successful lives. We treat the child as a whole, meaning we care about their overall wellbeing and all the areas of their lives where they need and want to be successful; this includes home, school, and the community. We understand the importance of family and seek to meet the needs of the family as a whole through education and establishing habits and routines that promote generalization of skills across settings.
A parent or physician may want to consider a referral for occupational therapy if a child presents with any medical diagnoses or presentation of signs/symptoms which negatively impact motor function, cognition (including focus and attention), vision, visual perception, oculomotor control, oral motor control, sensorimotor function or processing, emotional regulation, behavioral concerns, or decreased participation in and/or independence with developmentally appropriate play, self-care (dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming, and feeding), and educational skills.
Please see “Occupational Milestones” to learn more about typical development and skills.