Q:  What is a sensory diet?

A:  The term sensory diet is metaphor, which stands for the idea that each individual requires the right combination and amount of activity and sensation to be alert and functioning at his/her best. Each person has unique sensory needs and each sensory diet is an individualized plan for treatment. This is much like a person’s nutritional requirements. By carefully planning, sensory input can be used to help a child feel safe, alert and organized throughout their day. This can be accomplished by planning specific activities at designated times of the day.

Q:  What is Occupational Therapy?

A:  The therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations (goal-directed activities) to evaluate and treat individuals who have a disease or disorder, impairment, activity limitation, or participation restriction which interferes with their ability to function independently in daily life roles, and to promote health and wellness.

Q:  How can I help my child at home?

AThe therapist will instruct the child's family in a home exercise program individualized for your child. Many times the home program includes activity ideas or positioning program to enhance the therapy routine.

Q:  What types of treatments do we use?

A:  Each treatment plan is individualized for each child. Some examples of treatment ideas include sensory activities such as the therapy ball, therapy swings, rice, ball pit, and trampoline. Other treatments include fine motor activities, visual perceptual activities, activities of daily living and handwriting.

Q:  What types of diagnoses do we treat?

A:  A variety ranging from developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, aspergers and coordination disorders, visual perceptual disorders, fine motor delay and cystic fibrosis.

Q:  What is Gross Motor delay?

AGross Motor development includes activities such as crawling, walking and running. Standardized tests have been developed to help identify children who are behind in areas of balance, coordination and locomotor skills. Skills such as throwing and catching a ball, jumping and standing on one leg are evaluated.

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