The goal of a pediatric occupational therapist is to help each child participate in activities of daily life, such as playing with other children, dressing and caring for themselves, relating to others, helping around the house, and participating in school and community activities. Our licensed therapists work with children who are challenged in reaching their developmental milestones (in social, communication, self-care, fine and gross motor skills) and children who have difficulty understanding the information from their environment and organizing it for an appropriate response (self-regulation and sensory processing). We treat patients from infancy through adolescence.
A child’s “occupation” is playing. They need play in order to grow and develop age-appropriate skills and to meet their developmental milestones. Occupational therapy uses play as a central treatment tool to help children improve skills, increase neuroplasticity of the brain, and develop greater daily independence.
Using a science-based approach, our therapists create a customized treatment plan specific to each child, including engaging and fun therapeutic play activities that keep the child interested while also working toward important milestones in their development. From increasing strength in a particular area to developing coordination, improving self-regulation, and fostering the brain’s development of neural pathways, the therapists monitor and direct each therapy session in order to ensure that the primary treatment goal is always the focus, and that progress is continually made.
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!
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.