Occupational therapy focuses on individualized goals of each child. Treatment facilitates development of fine and gross motor skills to improve overall coordination. Strength may be a target area to improve upper extremity as well as trunk and postural stability. Bilateral coordination aims to improve coordinating two sides of the body. Praxis goals help children develop ideas and plans for play as well as improves motor planning abilities during simple and complex tasks. Therapy facilitates reorganization of the central nervous system and improves foundational components responsible for movement, space, body awareness, and coordination.
Craniosacral therapy is a hands-on manipulative technique used to increase function of the central nervous system. Dysfunction of the cranial and peripheral nerves can cause a number of sensory, motor, or neurological disabilities. It is essentially a risk-free treatment to help correct restrictions so the body can release the effects of stress naturally. Click here to learn more.
The Wilbarger Deep Pressure and Proprioceptive Technique (DPPT) & Oral Tactile Technique (OTT)
DPPT is helpful for individuals who are sensitive to touch or have tactile defensiveness, and those who have difficulty regulating their arousal level. Kids with tactile defensiveness find normal touch sensations irritating and painful. This technique is utilized to improve ability to transition between various daily activities, Improve ability to pay attention, decrease fear and discomfort of being touched and decrease sensory seeking behaviors.
Astronaut Training is a sound activated vestibular-visual protocol. This involves moving, looking and listening activities designed to treat the vestibular, visual and ocular motion systems when vestibular function has been found to be under- or over-responsive to movement. Click here to learn more.
Rhythmic Movement Training
Rhythimc Movement Training is a movement-based, primitive reflex integration program that uses developmental movements and gentle isometric pressure to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional, and behavioral challenges. Click here to learn more.
Handwriting Without Tears
Handwriting Without Tears is a developmentally-based handwriting program. Handwriting Without Tears helps children develop their writing skills through explicit, multisensory, play based instruction. Click here to learn more.
Therapeutic Listening is a treatment protocol that uses modulated music to increase overall body and spatial awareness. It targets the auditory component of sensory integration and can assist in increased postural stability, motor control, spatial-temporal organization, communication, and even modulatory behaviors such as improvement in arousal state, attention, toilet training, sleep/wake cycles, and much more! Click here to learn more. Click here to watch a video explaining Therapeutic Listening!
Myofascial Release is a safe and effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to improve range of motion, eliminate pain and increase functional participation. Each Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin and enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of pressure to facilitate release of the fascia. Click here to learn more.
The interactive metronome is a computerized treatment protocol used to increase coordination, motor planning, sequencing, and timing. Functionally, it can produce increases in attention span, language processing, and academics. It works in conjunction with the target areas of sensory integration. Click here to learn more.
During sensory-based OT sessions, the therapist and your child interact in a sensory-rich environment with lots of swinging, spinning, tactile, visual, auditory, and taste opportunities that seem to a child more like a giant playground than a therapy center. Sessions are subtly structured so your child is challenged but always successful in completing each activity. Click here to learn more.
Stacy is a pediatric OT here at Stones Worth Stepping. She recognizes the value of engagement in meaningful occupations, including daily activities and PLAY! These are very important aspects of our children's lives and they are facilitated by appropriately and carefully selected durable medical equipment (DME) and CRT mobility systems to achieve increased health, well-being, and participation in life (AOTA). Stacy has extensive experience assisting individuals of all ages in obtaining seating systems or equipment evaluations that are designed to meet their specific needs for postural support and alignment, skin integrity, function, and safety. She works alongside a local ATP company to assist individuals and families with obtaining seating systems such as power wheelchairs, manual wheelchairs, DME and bracing. If you or your child is age 0-21 and in need of an evaluation, please don't hesitate to call SWS and schedule your appointment with Stacy, she is eager to help you!
Sensory Diets are a carefully designed, personalized activity plan that provided the sensory input a person needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day. These are constructed to provide children with the “just right challenge” to help them move forward into a “just right” state of being.