Occupational Therapy

Seven Bridges Therapy believes in using an interdisciplinary team approach in supporting our clients.

Occupational therapy can advance global development, including speech and language skills, and promote independence in key areas of daily life, such as social interactions and academics.

We understand that a child’s occupation includes playing, going to school, eating, grooming, dressing, going on community outings, as well as other daily tasks. If children can’t function at their fullest potential in the meaningful activities of daily life, an occupational therapist can help develop their independence.

This may include help with adapting to the task at hand, modifying the environment, providing accommodations such as behavioral support, and building skills in the following areas:

  • Sensory and emotional regulation
  • Processing and integration of sensory input
  • Social skills
  • Fine motor, visual motor, and gross motor skills
  • Attending, listening, and processing
  • Organization and time management
  • Cognitive tasks
  • Self-help, including eating, dressing, and grooming

If your child is displaying any of the following behaviors in the areas listed below, they may benefit from the services of an occupational therapist:

Sensory

  • Is easily distracted
  • Has difficulty sitting still
  • Gets irritated by, or avoids altogether, various sensations (noise, texture, smell, movement, taste)
  • Seeks out certain sensations more than normal, such as always being on the move, excessively touching things, or constantly engaging in crashing activities or rough play

Motor

  • Appears clumsy or awkward in movement
  • Has difficulty with ball skills
  • Is behind schedule in meeting motor milestones
  • Displays poor fine-motor skills (handwriting, manipulating fasteners, grasping pencils)
  • Has trouble using two hands together (steadying paper while printing or cutting with scissors)

Self-Regulation

  • Has difficulty regulating emotions or body according to social and environmental demands
  • Is unaware of their heightened state of alertness
  • Is unaware of being in a lowered state of alertness
  • Lacks coping or calming strategies
  • Has difficulty understanding how actions impact the thoughts and feelings of others

Social

  • Demonstrates a poor ability to make or keep friends
  • Has difficulty reading social cues
  • Struggles with taking turns or sharing
  • Displays immature play skills (lacks imagination, has difficulty cooperating)

Self-Help

  • Shows delayed dressing skills (manipulating clothing, tying shoes, buttoning, zipping, snapping)
  • Has difficulty with feeding (manipulating utensils, chewing, neatness)
  • Has difficulty with grooming (sequencing steps, hygiene, distress during grooming activities)
  • Lacks regard for safety in the community or at home