What is pediatric occupational therapy?
Pediatric occupational therapy increases a child’s independence at play, school and with daily living skills. It can increase a child’s ability to interact with others in a variety of environments by developing skills and adapting to the child’s abilities. The occupation of childhood is to develop the skills necessary to become functional and independent adults. These skills include:
• Sensory Integration
• Fine and gross motor skill development
• Communication skills
• Social interactions
How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?
Here are some things that might indicate a need:
• weak hands and/or get tired easily while doing fine motor tasks
• difficulty with learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping
• overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement
• under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses
• trouble with writing including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with size and spacing of their letters
• trouble learning how to dress themselves
• difficulty with coordinating the muscles that control their eyes for good vision
What is speech/language therapy?
Pediatric speech/language therapy increases specific speech and language skills, such as oral motor, speech intelligibility, phonological skills and fluency. It also adds auditory comprehension, expressive communication, social pragmatic skills and feeding/swallowing skills. Speech/language therapy can be one-on-one, small group or supported within your child’s classroom setting.
What kind of training do your therapists have?
All of the pediatric occupational therapists and speech and language therapists at Erin Anderson and Associates in Chicago hold either a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited occupational therapy program and speech and language program. In addition, they have passed a national certification examination and hold an Illinois State license.
Additionally we encourage therapists to particpate in ongoing education. Some of the areas members of our team are trained in include: Sensory Integration therory and treatment, Theraputic Listening, deep tissue pressure /brushing protocal, Herzog Keyboard System, Michelle Garcia Winner Social Thinking Program.