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Pediatric Therapy Services

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Activities of Daily Living (ADL):

Synopsis of ADLs: This involves basic daily activities one does to be independent.  

Areas Addressed with Activities of Daily Living:

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  • Bathing

  • Dressing

  • Eating

  • Grooming

  • Transferring to and from laying or seated position

  • Toileting

  • Ambulation

  • Independent ADLs: Shopping; Cooking; Housework

Fine Motor Skills:

Synopsis of Fine Motor: This area focuses on the acquisition of skills that are important to ensure proper development.   These skills are important to promote functional use of the hand.

Areas Addressed with Fine Motor Skills:

  • Pinching

  • Shoe tying

  • Manipulating small objects (i.e. buttons)

  • Zipping/unzipping

  • Using scissors

  • Opening/closing objects

  • Handwriting

  • Grasping items

  • Isolating finger movements

Sensory Integration and Processing Skills:

Synopsis of Sensory Integration and Processing:  This area refers to how people process and use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment.  Therapy is designed to stimulate and challenge all of the senses.  The therapist focuses on challenging the child through child-centered activities, adapting the child’s behavior in response to activities presented, increasing participation in challenging situations, and allowing the child to drive the course of the treatment based on their needs and difficulties.  

Social Interactions:

Synopsis of Social Skills: These skills are important for each child to develop as it is one’s ability to interact with others.  These skills are the foundation needed for each child to be able to perceive, attend to, and learn from their environment.  

Areas Addressed with Social Interactions/Skills:

  • Emotional Outbursts: Having good coping mechanisms in place will allow any person to overcome new or difficult situations, in turn reducing or eliminating emotional responses.

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  • Managing Behavior: Based on the child’s needs, skills will be taught to help the child manage their behavior in appropriate ways during difficult situations.

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  • Developing Relationships: Children need to develop proper social skills in order to establish friendships and other social relationships.  Giving them the tools of interaction and self-awareness helps them develop these important relationships.

Strength, Stability, and Coordination:

Synopsis of Strength, Stability, and Coordination:  It is important to build stability, strength, and coordination in the core muscles, upper extremities, along with head and neck.    

Areas Addressed with Strength, Stability, and Coordination:

  • Improving Strength: Improving skills in this area will help your child at school with maintaining a good sitting position, improving handwriting skills.  Sometimes children may struggle with how to “activate” their muscles to perform gross motor activities.  

  • Improving Stability: Stabilizing the spine is important, enabling it to stay intact during the forces which are exerted upon it during everyday activities.  Building core stability in the head, neck, back, abdomen, and pelvis helps to stabilize and protect the spine, along with provide a solid base for movement to take place.

  • Improving Coordination:  Referring to how children can get their arms and legs to work together, coordination is important across many daily activities.  Many tasks require coordinated movement using both sides of the body.  Poor coordination can make children struggle with everyday childhood tasks including, but not limited to: jumping, cutting with scissors or a knife and fork, tying shoelaces, etc.

Visual-Motor Integration & Perception Skills:

Synopsis of Strength, Stability, and Coordination:  It is important to build stability, strength, and coordination in the core muscles, upper extremities, along with head and neck.    

Areas Addressed with Strength, Stability, and Coordination:

  • Tracing, Copying or Drawing shapes, numbers, and letters

  • Practicing handwriting patterns

  • Problem Solving

  • Eye-Hand Coordination

  • Perceptual Organization

  • Visual-Spatial Perception

  • Motor Planning and Coordination

  • Fine Motor Control

  • Visual Tracking

  • Visual Memory and Attention

  • Manipulating objects

  • Lacing