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:  My child is not talking yet. What should I do?

A: There are a many factors that may affect your child's speech and language development. Some examples may be prematurity, biological factors/complications, impaired cognition, and/or general developmental delays in language development. If you are concerned about your child's language skills you should first discuss this with your pediatrician. After speaking with the physician you may want to contact us to discuss whether a comprehensive evaluation is warranted.

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 happens after a speech and language evaluation?

A: The speech-language pathologist who performed the evaluation will discuss the results with you. Speech therapy may be recommended and/or suggestions may be offered to help teach or guide you in managing your childs needs. Your child may not need treatment or may require referral to another medical discipline. Suggestions for changing or improving the school setting may also be provided if appropriate.

Q:  How can Physical Therapy help my child?

APhysical Therapy evaluates deficits in a child's gross motor development, strength, balance, coordination, posture and gait. Physical Therapy assists a child to make functional gains in areas of limitations.

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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