What an Occupational Therapist Does
As Occupational therapists work with children in Campbell River, Courtenay and Northern Vancouver Island who have challenges and help them to fully participate in normal daily activities. An Occupational Therapist evaluates to assess areas of difficulty as well as strengths, and treat the child based on his or her specific needs.
Occupational Therapy can help with:
- Autism therapy
- Movement and Coordination Skills (e.g. jumping, running, balancing, playing, coordination)
- Fine Motor Skills (e.g. handwriting and pencil grip, manipulation, joint stability and scissor skills)
- Self Help Skills (e.g. feeding/picky eating, toileting, dressing)
- Hand eye coordination and visual perception (e.g. copying from the chalkboard, managing puzzles)
- Sensory processing and self-regulation difficulties (e.g. under or over-sensitivity to touch, sounds, movement or textures, over-reaction to events, difficult calming self)
- Cognition (e.g. problem solving, adapting for new skills, following instructions, organization)
- Socialization (e.g. interactions with others, building friendships)
- Individualized Autism intervention and therapy programs
- The Early Start Denver Model
- Comprehensive behavioural early intervention approach for children with autism, ages 2 years to 12 years old.
Performance based treatment approach that engages individuals at the meta-cognitive level to solve performance problems.
The Listening Program
A neuroscience-based music listening program that involves listening to acoustically modified music to improve brain performance.
An interactive program designed to improve the foundational skills essential for learning and development.
A sensory-input program that helps children integrate the visual, vestibular and auditory systems to help strengthen a child’s neural pathways, allowing them to gain more control over their body.