Occupational therapists and Physical Therapists help children with special needs develop and build skills important for independent functioning and success in childhood.
OT’s address specific skill areas including: fine motor skills, upper body strength, visual-motor and visual –perceptual skills, handwriting, and self-care skills. Additionally, OT’s at DPK may identify sensory-based feeding disorders.
PT’s identify and treat problems with movement, posture, balance and coordination, and body position. Damage or abnormalities of the nervous system can affect a child’s movement skills, including: rolling, sitting, crawling, and walking.
Both OT’s and PT’s at DPK are highly trained in the treatment of sensory processing disorders. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a complex disorder of the brain that affects developing children. Children with SPD misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, sound, and movement. Depending on which type of SPD a child has, he may feel that he is overwhelmed with information, he may seek out intense sensory experiences, or he might have other symptoms. This can lead to behavioral problems, difficulties with coordination, inattention and emotional outbursts.
Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at DPK offer assessment and treatment services for a wide range of conditions and diagnoses, including:
ADD / ADHD Auditory Processing Issues
Fine Motor Delay
Gross Motor Delay
Developmental Disorders (PDD)
Sensory Integrative Dysfunctions
OT/PT Treatment methods & protocols include:
- Play-based Sensory Integrative Therapy
- Perceptual Enrichment Program (PEP)
- DIR / Floortime
- Therapeutic Listening
- Kawar Vestibular-Ocular Protocol (Astronaut Training)
- Therapressure Protocol (Wilbarger Brushing Protocol)
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Sensory Integration- based Integrated Playgroups
- Swallowing Assessment, Evaluation or Intervention