Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work with children to address developmental differences that impact participation at school, at home, and in the community. Occupations are activities in which people engage; for a child, those include play, education, social participation, and activities of daily living including feeding, bathing, getting dressed, and completing daily routines. From developing fine motor skills to grasping toys to addressing difficulties with organization and executive functioning, our OTs work alongside children birth through teenagers on a variety of skill areas. Treatment is targeted by identifying barriers to participation with the goal of gaining improved independence while building self-esteem!


Individual & Group

DIC offers both online individual and group therapy. Teletherapy allows us to take advantage of today’s technology and support our families when they cannot visit our clinics in person. With a reliable Web-connected device, child and therapist can connect and work together toward therapy goals by interacting with each other on-screen. Teletherapy also provides a valuable opportunity for therapists to develop home programs with your family–especially when incorporating strategies for self-care skills and/or sensory regulation. During virtual “home visits”, our therapist can collaborate with you on custom, goal-oriented solutions in your home.

For more information about our teletherapy services, please call 248.926.0909 ext. 225.



Individual therapy will develop and individualized treatment plan focusing on helping the child improve their independence in all aspects of their daily life. Services may include assessment of cognitive functioning, evaluation of daily activity performance, comprehensive evaluation/adaption of the child’s home, workplace, or school environments to improve safety and functional performance, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers.  

To meet with one of our occupational therapists in person, please call 248.926.0909 ext. 225 to schedule an appointment. 


Sensory Integration

This group is designed for children with sensory processing disorder to enhance strength, endurance, sensory processing, and respiratory control. It also impacts fine motor skills, self-regulation, social skills and improves coordination.

Social Skills

This group is designed to encourage social, reciprocal, and communicative skills in a playful atmosphere. Emphasis will be placed on sharing, taking turns, parallel, and cooperative play.

Handwriting Without Tears (Learning Without Tears)

This group uses the Learning Without Tears curriculum which draws from years of innovation and research to provide developmentally appropriate, multi-sensory tools and strategies. The program follows research that demonstrates children learn more effectively by actively doing, with materials that address all styles of learning. 

For more information about any of our groups, please call 248.926.0909 ext. 225.


If you have additional questions or need more information regarding occupational services, please call 248.926.0909 ext. 225.

2045 E. West Maple Road

Suite D-407

Commerce Township, MI 48390


The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs through Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech-language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services, and special education consulting.

The Detroit Institute for Children is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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