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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy 

Sometimes the basic tasks of everyday living – such as buttoning a jacket or picking up a fork – can be complicated. Our specialized pediatric occupational therapists can help your child learn or relearn the skills of daily life used at home and in school.

We start with a thorough evaluation of their abilities, then develop a tailored treatment plan that's unique to their needs. We’re constantly working to help enhance their independence.  

Occupational therapists can help maximize your child's skills

occupational therapist with patient

Children's needs are as individual as they are, and our therapists focus on the skills and tasks each child must master to gain or regain maximum functional ability.

Our occupational therapy services include: 

  • Assistive technology adaptive equipment, orthotics, communication devices, adapted computers
  • Developmental milestones -
    • Fine motor skills – assistance in developing strength and dexterity to use the hands to reach, grasp and release; related perceptual and sensory processing skills; family education
    • Gross motor skills – therapeutic exercise; muscle re-education and strengthening; balance and coordination; strength, mobility and range of motion with use of hands
    • Social skills – incorporating activities to develop social skills into therapy sessions; communication and language skills; family education
    • Visual/perceptual skills – improving eye-hand, eye-foot, eye-mouth coordination through modified play and learning activities
  • Interactive Metronome assessment and training – computer-powered technology to improve motor planning, timing, concentration and sequencing
  • Sensory processing sensory-based therapy activities for children with sensory processing issues to help build up a child's ability to receive, organize and process information from one or all of the senses
  • Cognitive skills – therapy to improve sequencing, logic, short- and long-term memory through task analysis; adapting the environment and educating the family
  • Daily living skills – assistance with feeding, dressing, hygiene and bathing; determining special equipment needs; assessing behavioral issues related to eating

This program is accredited by The Joint Commission as part of an ambulatory survey process.

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Bailey Brannon, OTD R/L
Bailey Brannon OTD R/L Occupational therapy Read more
Katherine Anne Brown, MS, OT/L
Katherine Brown MS, OT/L Occupational therapy Read more
Lauren Champion, OTR/L
Lauren Champion OTR/L Occupational therapy
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Justin Demarchi, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Justin Demarchi OTD, OTR/L, BCP Occupational therapy Read more
Christian Taylor DiFruscio, MSOT
Christian DiFruscio MSOT Occupational therapy Read more
Macy Elizabeth Freeman, MSOT
Macy Freeman MSOT Occupational therapy Read more
Andrea Ralston Harris, MOT
Andrea Harris MOT Occupational therapy
Assistive technology
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Patrice Hounshell, OTR/L
Patrice Hounshell OTR/L Occupational therapy Read more
Laura Leonard, MS, OT
Laura Leonard MS, OT Occupational therapy Read more
Erin Swierczewski, OTR/L, OTD
Erin Swierczewski OTR/L, OTD Occupational therapy Read more
Taylor Verne, OTR/L, OTD
Taylor Verne OTR/L, OTD Occupational therapy Read more


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