Lori Marsh, OTRL
Kathryn Foor, OTRL
Lyndsey Forfar, OTRL
Joseph Huss, OTRL
Amanda Budge, OTRL
Carrie Sue Edwards, OTRL
Kristian Puckett, OTRL
Sabrina Cardinal, OTRL
The occupational therapist, working cooperatively with other members of the health team, uses purposeful activity in a variety of settings to reduce physical and psychosocial disability. The occupational therapist is a trained health care professional who can make a complete evaluation of the impact of disabilities on the activities of the child at home, school and in community settings. Some occupational therapists specialize in a specific area, such as pediatrics. The occupational therapist who provides the treatment is a graduate of a college program accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Occupational therapists who pass a certification test qualify to use the initials OTR after their name. State registration is required by the state of Michigan to maintain the quality of care given by occupational therapists in the state.
In planning a child’s program, the occupational therapist evaluates the child’s needs, abilities and interests using interviews, assessments and medical records. The occupational therapist draws on his or her knowledge of purposeful activities to select and apply those most likely to meet goals. Treatment may cover one or more areas, ranging from muscle strengthening and self-care to social-emotional adjustment, fabrication and use of adaptive equipment and splints. Therapy goals change as treatment progresses and programs are re-evaluated. The occupational therapist works very closely with the child’s physician, other health care practitioners, the child and the child’s family in setting treatment objectives that are realistic and consistent with the child’s needs.
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Occupational therapists specialize in:
Children may need occupational therapy for any number of reasons, including if you answer "yes" to any of the following questions. Does your child:
Occupational therapy is an extensive field that treats a wide range of conditions and diagnoses. Some of the conditions treated include:
Sensory integration refers to the nervous system's ability to organize different kinds of sensation entering at the same time to produce useful thoughts and actions.
There are seven sensory systems: vision, hearing, smell, taste, touch, proprioception (joint and muscle movement) and vestibular (movement and gravity) systems from which information is processed and integrated. Sensory integration underlies the development of learning, social skills and motor actions. In order to function effectively, our brain needs to register sensory information from each sensory system and unconsciously filter relevant information based on our environment and our task at hand. This automatic filtering of sensory information results in both behaviors and/or motor actions.
Efficient sensory processing allows us to function effectively. Inefficient sensory processing, or sensory processing dysfunction, often results in struggles with attention, social skills, coordination and/or fine motor skills. These struggles often result in learning difficulties and/or challenging behaviors.
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