WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Promoting better lives through improving motor skills or recoveries from traumatic injuries.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a treatment for problems with movement and coordination. It helps people improve their fine and gross motor skills involved in everyday tasks, like writing and getting dressed.
Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
DIC’s Occupational Therapists focus their work with children who have received specific diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and developmental delay.
Occupational therapy services typically address the following observed needs:
- Poor fine motor skills
- Immature gross motor skills
- Decreased motor control
- Decreased eye hand coordination
- Overly sensitive to sensory input
- Under responsive to sensory input
- Touches people or objects constantly (seeking sensory input)
- Crashes and/or bangs into people or objects
- Poor attention/difficulty sitting still
- Difficulty calming self
- Exaggerated behaviors or reactions
- Limited play skills
- Poor social development
- Limited independence in self-care skills
- Difficulty transitioning or accepting change in environment or routine
Our staff also provides sensory integration services to help a child’s brain and body take incoming sensory information and create an efficient motor output. In addition to direct treatment of your child, your therapist will also develop a plan for appropriate home programming and family education.
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Contact us to set up your assessment, evaluation and/or therapy time. (248) 926-0909
The Detroit Institute for Children currently serves more than 5,000 children with special needs in schools, Head Start, and Early Intervention programs throughout Detroit and Southeastern Michigan. The DIC provides speech language pathology, occupational therapies, social work, psychological services and special education consulting.