A few facts:
- April is Occupational Therapy Month. It began in 1980, and is in April to correspond with the American Occupational Therapy Association's Annual Conference & Expo.
- The National Society for the Promotion of Occupational Therapy, now called the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), was founded in 1917. As a profession, OT is over 100 years old! Did you see the centennial float at last year's Rose Parade?
- Occupational therapists draw from a wide array of disciplines in their practice--psychology, biology, art, music, and more! As such, the possibilities for practice are limitless!
- An occupation is an activity in which one regularly engages. While it can refer to a job or profession, it is not its sole definition. So to answer a common question, pediatric OTs do not help children find jobs.
- Occupational therapists work with individuals across the lifespan to help them engage in the daily activities that make life meaningful. For children, this includes learning and playing. OT should be FUN!
Occupational Therapy—The Sensory Integration Approach
Irvine Therapy Services opened its doors in 1980 because of the need in the local community for a pediatric occupational therapy practice that properly utilized sensory integration techniques. We have been helping children throughout Orange County ever since. Our facility boasts over 4200 square feet of clinic space with a plethora of activities to address sensory needs!
- Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapists
- Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) Certified
- Trained Providers of the Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
Is your child having difficulty meeting developmental milestones? Does your child have difficulty with behavior?
Occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach can help!
How do you know when a child has difficulty processing sensory information? No two children respond in exactly the same way. There are seven different sensory systems that provide information to the nervous system about one's own body and the surrounding environment. Difficulties with sensory integration can affect a child's development of skills, their behavior, and their interactions with others. Occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach can help.
Bobby did not like the way a lot of things felt. He did not like having his hair brushed or combed. He did not like the textures and feelings of clothing, shoes, or socks. He did not like walking barefoot either. Bobby did not like particular smells and was often called a picky eater.
We helped Bobby and his family. As pediatric occupational therapists with specialization in sensory integration, we can help your family too.
Marie did not like playgrounds. She was not able to make the swings go, and she was scared to be up high. She liked having her feet on the ground. Escalators, elevators, and amusement park rides were scary too.
Using a sensory integration approach, occupational therapy helped Marie and her family. Irvine Therapy Services' team of pediatric occupational therapists can help your family.
Our team of occupational therapists can help kids and their families improve many areas, including:
- sensory processing
- gross, fine, and visual motor skills
- feeding and related issues
- self-care skills (ex. dressing, grooming, hygiene, etc.)
- social participation
- managing arousal and regulation, including attention, emotions, and biological rhythms