Occupational therapy is all about independence with everyday activities of life.  The word “occupational” can be confusing when talking about children.  A child’s “occupation” is growing, playing, going to school and engaging in their community.

To be successful with their “occupation”, and reach their optimal potential, they must develop skills that support their development.

Having a solid foundation of skills enhances self-regulation and self-confidence.   As they develop and be successful, they build confidence to try new things and expand their ability to learn.   Through meaningful activities and play, OT facilitates the development of age-appropriate skills and instills this confidence in children to help them play, learn, and grow.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy can help children of all ages with:

  • Planning their body movements
  • Fine motor and handwriting
  • Sensory processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Organization, attention and focus
  • Self-care:  dressing, toileting, eating, sleeping and grooming

 


Feeding/Eating Concerns

Concerns we address:

  • child is only eating a few foods and is not willing to try any other foods
  • child is having meltdowns around mealtime and refuses to eat what parents/siblings are eating
  • child is limited to 1 or 2 textures of foods and avoids all others (will only eat purées, or will avoid anything crunchy or chewy etc.)
  • child is losing the amount of foods they will eat (used to eat a variety, and over time is willing to eat less and less variety)

What we do:

  • work with parent and child to determine why your child is having problems with food (helping to parse out if it is due to sensory, physical skills and oral motor skills, developmental challenges etc.)
  • provide strategies and tips to parents to help make mealtimes less stressful
  • expose child to a variety of foods through play to help them become more comfortable with different foods
  • work on oral motor skills and utensil use if these are barriers to your child’s eating
  • work on underlying skills that are required for feeding ability (like core strength, postural control, motor planning)

 

Options for OT consultations are as follows:

60 min Consultation without a written report – $250.00
60 min Consultation with a written report – $385.00
2 hour Sensory Integration and Praxis Test with a written report and follow up meeting –  $750.00

Follow up treatment sessions are as follows:

30 min treatment  $82
45 min treatment  $107
60 min treatment  $137