Children of all ages receive specialized care from our pediatric occupational therapists. The team helps patients with fine and gross motor skills, self-help activities, feeding, socializing and playing for optimal performance in activities of daily living.
Whether the child is delayed in development, clumsy, hyperactive or has handwriting difficulties, an occupational therapy evaluation can pinpoint specific problems and develop an individualized treatment approach. Using purposeful activity, occupational therapists strive to help each child reach his or her full potential.
Pediatric Oral Motor Therapy
Feeding problems can severely impede the growth and development of infants and small children. At Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, occupational therapists evaluate and treat patients with oral motor dysfunction from birth to three years of age. Children with conditions including prematurity, failure to thrive, sensory defensiveness, developmental delay, Down Syndrome and cerebral palsy often require oral motor intervention.
Difficulties with sucking, swallowing, chewing, breastfeeding, cup drinking and transition to eating solid foods can often be corrected with early treatment.
Does Your Child Need Sensory Integration therapy?
All of the information we receive about the world comes to us through our sensory system. Because many sensory processes take place within the nervous system at an unconscious level, we are not usually aware of them. For some children, sensory integration does not develop as efficiently as it should. When the process of sensory integration is disordered, a number of problems in learning, development or behavior may become evident. In therapy, a child is guided through activities that challenge his or her ability to respond appropriately to sensory input by making a successful, organized response. Therapy can involve activities that provide vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile stimulation and are designed to meet a child's specific needs for development. The activities are also designed to gradually increase the demands upon a child to make an organized, more appropriate response. Emphasis is placed on the automatic sensory processes in the course of a goal-directed activity, rather than instructing or drilling the child on how to respond.
Does your child:
- Respond negatively to unexpected or loud noises?
- Have poor endurance or tire easily?
- Seem to have weak muscles or low muscle tone?
- Get easily frustrated?
- Have difficulty tolerating changes in routine?
- Seem sensitive to certain fabrics and other textures such as walking on grass?
- Seek all kinds of movement that interfere with daily routine?
- Have poor organizational skills?
- Have difficulty calming down or sleeping?
- Have difficulty coloring, cutting or handwriting?
- Have difficulty learning new tasks?
- Seem clumsy or have poor balance?
If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, talk to your physician to see if occupational therapy may be beneficial.