Occupational Therapists are skilled in helping children to maximize their functional abilities and to enhance participation in day to day activities. An Occupational Therapist will work in collaboration with your family to help improve your child’s function and participation through therapeutic play. Play is a child’s “work”. It is through play that children learn about the world.
Every child will receive a formal assessment during the initial 2 visits to Butterfly. Following the assessment, results will be provided and a treatment plan will be designed to meet the individual needs of the child and his or her family.
Initial assessments take about an hour. Treatment sessions are offered in either 50-minute or 25-minute blocks depending on the age and needs of the child. Treatments are offered in the form of direct one-to-one sessions, semi-private sessions, group sessions, indirect consultations and home program suggestions.
Occupational Therapists can address:
- Fine motor skills
- Printing, writing and keyboarding skills
- Muscle weakness (primarily core or upper extremity)
- Motor planning and coordination
- School readiness
- Functional Play
- Visual-motor skills
- Feeding and oral-motor skills
- Sensory processing and self-regulation
- Self-help skills and activities of daily living
Occupational Therapists can treat a single issue such as hand weakness or messy writing that are present with many school age children or focus on overlapping skills that are more apparent with a specific diagnosis.
Our Occupational Therapists use a variety of treatment approaches including Handwriting Without Tears, DIRFloortime®, NDT (Neurodevelopmental Treatment), Feeding strategies for behavioural, sensory and motor issues, functional strengthening, therapeutic play and sensory integration.