Occupational therapy with a sensory integrative approach is designed to improve the ways in which a child organizes sensory information to effectively respond to the demands of their environment.
Children with sensory processing disorders have difficulty receiving and interpreting sensory information from their bodies and the environment, making it difficult for them to develop appropriate responses and effectively interact with the world around them. This can impact a child’s behavior, ability to learn new skills, development of age-appropriate motor skills, and affect peer interactions. Visit the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation for more information.
Some signs that indicate your child may have sensory processing disorder include experiencing tactile or auditory sensitivities, functional visual skill/ocularmotor deficits, fear of movement or heights, clumsiness, lack of coordination, poor self-helps skills, poor organization/attention/self regulation, difficulty with fine motor or handwriting tasks, and difficulty with/avoidance of age-appropriate play and gross motor activities.
During an occupational therapy evaluation at Sensational Achievements, standardized testing and clinical observations are completed to evaluate a wide range of gross and fine motor skills as well as how a child responds to a variety of sensory experiences and skill demands. A vision screening is also completed to determine if there are additional visual deficits that may be further impacting function. This information is combined with parent and teacher reports to assess the degree to which deficits may be impacting function.
Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Evaluation consisting of standardized testing and clinical observations of sensory, visual, and motor deficits to identify sensory processing issues impacting self-regulation, learning, and motor skill development.
Comprehensive Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) is an extensive evaluation including standardized testing available for children 4-8 years old to identify somatodyspraxia and sensory deficits contributing to learning problems.
Multidisciplinary Screening consisting of clinical observations by up to three professionals (speech therapist, occupational therapist, and an ABA therapist) and parent discussion with recommendations for treatment provided. This screening is done in collaboration with Connec-to-Talk in Stamford.
Occupational Therapy Screening that targets specific concerns such as handwriting and visual perceptual deficits. Follow up may include short-term intervention, parent training, and home programming recommendations.
Treatment occurs in sensory-rich gym environments with specialized suspended equipment. Through playful and supportive interactions with the child, he/she learns how to explore and engage in sensory experiences that foster appropriate responses to sensory information. Over time, these responses generalize to the child’s everyday activities and allow them to participate in meaningful activities such as playing with their peers, learning, and developing independence in life skills.
Sensory-Based Treatment involves treatment of sensory processing disorders affecting self-regulation, motor coordination, and awareness of body in space. This treatment also addresses visual-vestibular and functional visual deficits impacting safety, ball skills, and learning.
Fine Motor and Handwriting Services are designed to target underlying factors impeding development of age-appropriate fine motor and writing skills. We use a multi-sensory body-based approach to improve hand/finger strength, coordination and finger dexterity, legibility, sizing, spatial organization, and planning/sequencing of thoughts and ideas. Handwriting Groups and Individual sessions are available in the clinic as well as private school settings.
If you’d like to learn more about an evaluation please Contact Us or call us 203-200-7256.