Occupational therapy helps children and adolescents with special needs develop the skills necessary for independent functioning and success in childhood. At Connections Therapy Center, our occupational therapists develop an individualized plan to address your child’s specific needs. We are the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area’s top therapy practice devoted solely to helping children and adolescents with special needs.
Since the “occupation” of children and adolescents is play, it is through the use of play and recreational activities that occupational therapists assist children and adolescents in learning the skills necessary for successful living. Occupational therapy can improve functions such as the ability to perform the tasks of feeding, bathing, and dressing through the development of fine motor skills, as well as neuromotor and sensory integration skills.
Occupational therapists are able to assist with obtaining adaptive equipment to assist your child, and can perform home safety evaluations to ensure the best home environment possible. Our therapists have training in specific occupational therapy programs including feeding, handwriting, and kinesiotaping methods.
As human beings, we experience the world through our five senses — taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing. But there are actually seven senses through which we can help children and adolescents develop improved ways of interacting with the world using occupational therapy. Sensory integration includes taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing, as well as vestibular (the pull of gravity) and proprioception (body awareness and movement).
Because these seven senses provide our brains with information about both our external and internal environment, they are needed to help us develop a sense of who we are, where we are, and what might be going on around us. In some instances, we can’t hear as well if we can’t see the source of a sound clearly. In other instances, seeing something move can give us a sense that we are moving as well and cause a lack of balance or ability to stay still. The brain has to make sense of all of this so we can direct our attention, learn, plan and be organized. Developing these abilities is known as sensory integration, and without it the brain is unable to process all these things into a single composite picture. This interferes with more complex learning and behavior development.
Occupational therapy can help children and adolescents improve their sensory integration. This is accomplished through therapy sessions in a setting that allows for an appropriate level of stimulation to stimulate the child’s development.
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Connections Therapy Center provides occupational therapy to children and adolescents with special needs in Anne Arundel County, Prince George’s County, Maryland, northern Virginia, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.