School Travelers

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a blend of art and science concerned with the “occupation” of daily living.

Our occupational therapists help children succeed in many “jobs” of childhood, including play, self-care, school performance and social interactions. Therapy is designed to seem like play to the children, yet the therapist draws upon extensive training in specialty areas to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing greater capabilities.

Practice Areas

Occupational therapists help children develop the following skill areas:

-Fine Motor
-Grasping Patterns
-Pre-writing/Handwriting
-Pre-scissor/Scissor
-Eye-Hand Coordination
-Visual Perceptual
-Visual Motor
-Motor Planning
-Self-Help
-Oral Motor
-Sensory Processing
-Upper Body Strength/Tone

Physical Therapists

Physical therapy addresses the ability and quality of motor skills or large motor activities related to movement.

Our physical therapists specialize in working with children. Therapy is incorporated into play utilizing such toys as therapy balls, riding toys, various swings, balance beams and other tools to improve strength, balance and coordination. Physical therapists focus on movement dysfunctions and help children learn how to move independently or with assistive devices including walkers, wheelchairs or crutches.

 

Skills

Physical therapists help develop skills in the following areas:

-Gross Motor Development
-Muscle Tone and Strength
-Posture/Postural Control
-Pre-gait and Gait Training
-Locomotion Patterns
-Neuromuscular Functions
-Endurance
-Wheelchair Positioning
-Bracing/Orthotics
-Adaptations, Seating, and Positioning

Speech Therapists

Speech therapy is a specialized therapy performed by speech-language pathologists to treat individuals with communication delays, communication deficits or communication disorders. Speech-language therapists typically treat problems in the areas of articulation, dysfluency, oral motor, speech and voice and receptive and expressive language disorders.

Speech-language therapists help children develop the following skill areas:

-Expressive Language
-Receptive Language
-Articulation/Speech
-Social Language
-Feeding and Swallowing
-Voice
-Oral Motor
-Auditory Processing
-Augmentative Communication