Occupational Therapy

LifeScape has the most pediatric-trained occupational therapists in the region. They provide strategies to enhance children’s abilities to participate in all aspects of their daily life which may include dressing, feeding, school work, and handwriting.

Fine Motor and Development

Our skilled occupational therapists strengthen and refine motor skills and use adaptations and modifications to enhance your child’s ability to participate in daily activities.

If you suspect that your child has delays in their motor skills or isn’t able to complete motor tasks similar to their peers, an evaluation by our team of occupational therapists may be appropriate.

Pediatric Feeding Therapy

Misinterpretation of everyday sensory information like touch, smell, taste, and movement are indications of sensory processing disorder. Research shows that as many as one in six children experiences sensory symptoms significant enough to affect aspects of everyday activities, such as bathing, dress, eating, playing, and learning.

Feeding disorders may present themselves in a variety of ways:

  • Trouble accepting and/or swallowing a variety of food textures
  • Disruptive behaviors at mealtimes
  • Refusing to eat and/or drink
  • Rigid food preferences, eliminating food groups, tastes, or textures
  • Choking, gagging, coughing, vomiting, and/or aspiration
  • Oral, motor, and sensory problems
  • Difficulty with self-feeding
  • Feeding tube (g-tube or ng-tube) dependency

Conditions that may affect feeding:

  • Developmental or physiological delays
  • Gastrointestinal conditions
  • Delayed exposure to a variety of foods
  • Behavioral challenges
  • Autism and/or sensory processing disorders
  • Genetic disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Food allergies
  • Oral-motor dysfunction

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Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a dysfunction in the way the nervous system receives messages from the sensory system and turns them into motor or behavioral responses. Misinterpretation of everyday sensory information like touch, smell taste, and movement are indications of sensory processing disorders. Research shows that as many as one in six children experience sensory symptoms such as bathing, dressing, eating, and learning.

Causes of Sensory Processing Disorder

Current research suggests that sensory processing disorder can be hereditary. Prenatal and birth complications have also been implicated, as well as environmental factors. As with any developmental/behavioral disorder, the causes are likely to be the result of combined genetic and environmental factors.

How Occupational Therapy Can Help

  • Assess individual sensory needs and implement strategies to increase participation across environments
  • Teach regulation of sensory system for school/activity performance
  • Enhance self-esteem and self-accomplishments
  • Improve performance in learning/developmental activities
  • Develop appropriate play skills
  • Improve strength, balance, and coordination
  • Teach management of emotions and sensory preferences
  • Build skills for peer relationships
  • Improve transitions
  • Organize self and environment(s)
  • Develop or improve, visual, and fine motor skills
  • Improve mealtime behaviors and increase the variety of accepted foods

Why Choose LifeScape for Treating Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Our team has specialized training in the treatment of sensory processing disorders
  • We utilize the most recent research and use evidence-based practices
  • We have an extensive sensory treatment space, with a variety of sensory-based, therapeutic equipment to fit individual needs
  • LifeScape is regarded as the local leader for evaluation, treatment, and consultation for sensory processing disorders
  • Consultation or referral to other LifeScape services as needed, including psychology, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, behavior therapy, and adaptive aquatics, among others

Vision Disorders

Binocular vision, eye coordination, or visual perceptual issues can affect more than reading and writing. It can affect balance, self-care independence, and general gross/visual motor skills, plus self-esteem and peer relationships.

Why Choose LifeScape Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational therapy addresses visual-motor problems as well as underlying factors including sensory integration, primitive reflexes, motor planning, and fine motor skills.
  • It is covered by most third-party payors, including Medicaid.
  • We offer free screenings for visual-motor concerns.

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