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Occupational Therapy

The goal of Occupational Therapy is to help each child participate in activities of daily life, such as playing with other children, dressing and caring for themselves, as well as helping out around the house. Our highly qualified therapists work with children from infancy through adolescence who are challenged in reaching their developmental milestones in social, self-help, and functional use of their hands as well as with children who are having difficulty understanding the information from their environment and organizing it for an appropriate response.

A child’s “occupation” is playing. They need this play in order to grow and develop and we will make sure that they have the skills and direction in order to maximize the benefits and continue to work toward independence. By creating a customized treatment plan specific to each child, our therapists are able to create engaging and fun activities that keep the children interested while also working toward important milestones in their development. From increasing strength in a particular area to fostering the brain’s development of neural pathways, the therapists monitor and direct the “play” in order to ensure that the primary goal is always the focus.

“My son, Patrick, attended BPHT from shortly after his third birthday for OT services. Due to poor muscle tone, writing was one of his big challenges and was a concern of mine as he started kindergarten. Due to Jennifer and Adrienne’s wonderful work with Patrick I am very happy to say that his teacher is delighted with his progress. He is now outperforming his peers in handwriting and is exceeding the kindergarten standard. I’m so proud of all of his accomplishments thanks in large part to the wonderful staff here. Thank you!”

– Karen Grace

“If you told me a year ago that Kenyon would ask me if he could try something he had not eaten before, I would have laughed in your face. But yesterday that is what he didn’t. While at the mall he was hungry and instead of asking for the cliff bar he knows I have with me he pointed to the pretzel with cheese and pepperoni on it. Not only did he taste it he ate it all up. And even dipped it in the sauce provided. Mealtime is still a struggle but I no longer worry that Kenyon will get sent to college with a bag of chicken nuggets and a jar of apple sauce.”

– Tara Bell

What Is A Social Story™

There are four key parts in creating a positive and effective Social StoryTM. Try following the steps and create your own Social StoryTM geared towards your child and their specific situations.

 

  1. Descriptive Sentence, Describe the situation in a neutral, fact based way.
  2. Perspective Sentence, Statements that describe other people’s thoughts or feelings about the situation.
  3. Directive Sentence, Gives suggested responses or  choices of responses that would be appropriate, e.g., “I can ask my friends to play.” or, “I will try to stay in my chair.”
  4. Affirmative Sentence, These might state a rule or reassure the child, e.g., “One child slides down at a time. This is safe and okay.” Sentences might also express shared values, e.g., “It’s good to play fair when playing games.”

Common Conditions Evaluated

Developmental Delay/Prematurity
Erb’s Palsy/Brachial Plexis Injury
Upper Extremity Injuries
Fine Motor Delay
Neurological Disorders
Handwriting Deficits
Difficulty with Hand-eye and Finger Coordination
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Sensory Integration Dysfunction
Down Syndrome
Cerebral Palsy
Genetic Disorders
Feeding Difficulties
ADD/ ADHD
Social Skill Difficulties
Visual Perceptual Deficits

Common Conditions Evaluated

Fine Motor Intervention
Handwriting Curriculum
Sensory Integration
Neurodevelopmental Treatment
Aquatic Therapy
Vision (occulomotor, perceptual)
Feeding (oral motor)
Adaptive Equipment
Social Skills Groups
Home Therapy Activities
Parental Education
Teacher Collaboration