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
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
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.