When your child has an issue that is interfering with her life and your family’s life, preventing her from being the person she has the potential to be, she often needs some focused help.
In intensive therapy programs, your child comes to Hands on OT 2-3 times a week for a prescribed number of weeks. We are able to guide the exercises, adjust the approach on the spot, and utilize specialized OT equipment.
We have found that this intensive schedule (as opposed to once a week) achieves faster, more consistent results for the children we work with, eliminating the need for therapy sooner.
All intensive therapy programs are followed by a home exercise program to reinforce the developmental progress achieved in the intensive therapy. Additionally, all include a parent training session.
Home Exercise Program
Not every issue needs the hands-on guidance of Hands on OT intensive therapy. Some issues can be best treated with a series of exercises to be done consistently at home under the guidance of a parent.
Home exercise programs include regular follow-ups at Hands on OT so we can evaluate your child’s progress and adjust her program accordingly.
Additionally, a home exercise program always follows intensive therapy, to reinforce the developmental progress achieved in the intensive therapy.
Sometimes you as a parent can tell that your young child is at risk for sensory or neurodevelopmental issues. No current behavior or issue is interfering with her life enough to warrant therapy, but you sense it may only be a matter of time.
An ounce of preventative therapy is worth a pound of curative therapy. We evaluate your child and identify areas to work on to prevent issues from developing. Specific suggestions, tips and exercises tailored to the areas of concern can head off the need for therapy down the line.
Infant screenings are intended for babies between the ages of 6 - 18 months, if you as a parent:
- Just want to make sure your child is developing properly (especially if her older siblings have had any developmental or sensory integration issues)
- Suspect developmental or sensory integration issues, but the Department of Health evaluation is borderline
Some children are “just developed enough” to disqualify them from eligibility for Department of Health services. However, if there is no early intervention, they are very likely to have issues in the future that will require therapy.
If your child fits this description, often times an infant screening to identify issues and a home program of appropriate exercises can eliminate or reduce the need for future therapy.