An Occupational Therapist (OT) evaluates and examines the “occupation” of a child – his or her functional play and activities of daily living. The acquisition of these skills is facilitated by improving:
- Fine motor skills
- Sensory processing
- Visual motor/visual perceptual skills
- Self-help skills related to dressing, eating, grooming and hygiene
Our team of experienced Occupational Therapists, provide Occupational Therapy evaluations and therapy for children birth to 3 years of age through the Early Intervention Program, as well as for children 3-5 years of age through the Committee on Preschool Special Education.
At Hearing & Speech, our Occupational Therapists also specialize in the area of feeding. Our staff has experience with many types of feeding difficulties including:
- Oral motor delays
- Delayed food transitions
- Food refusals
- Limited variety of food textures
- Parent caregiver concern during mealtimes
- Transition from G-tube to oral feedings
There is a special emphasis on the family component related to feeding disturbances. Hearing & Speech is a sponsor of the Spoonful of Love Parent Support Group for families of children with feeding difficulties. For more information, contact Teresa Marioles by email or call (716) 892-2060.