Our occupational therapists use functional and play-based activities to facilitate motor, cognitive and socio-emotional development. Accommodations and recommendations for fostering success at home, school, and on the playground are also provided.
Children with a variety of medical diagnoses can benefit from occupational therapy, including, but not limited to:
Gross Motor Coordination
Fine Motor Coordination
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Cerebral Palsy (CP)
Sensory Processing Disorders
Occupational Therapists aim to improve your child's skills in the following performance areas to increase their independence and success across all environments.
Sensory Integration Therapy (SI) aims to improve sensory processing skills through guided activities that challenge your child's ability to respond, or adapt, to sensory input appropriately. It is this active involvement and exploration of sensory based activities that enables your child to become a more mature, efficient organizer of sensory information.
For most children, sensory processing develops in the course of ordinary childhood activities. But for some children, sensory processing does not develop as efficiently as it should. Signs of difficulties processing sensory input include:
withdrawal when touched
avoidance of textures, certain clothes, foods
fear of ordinary movement experiences
seeking of intense sensory experiences such as body whirling, crashing into objects, falling purposefully
difficulties learning new tasks
apparent coordination difficulties
emotional regulation difficulties
IM is an assessment and treatment tool used by therapists to promote improved synchronized timing in the brain. Synchronized timing of the various networks in our brain is what underlies our ability for cognitive processes and physical movement. IM can be an effective treatment modality for individuals that struggle with:
Expressive and Receptive Language
Reading comprehension, Rate, and Fluency
Upper Extremity Function
Overall Motor Coordination
You can learn more about IM here https://www.interactivemetronome.com/what-is-im
**Our approaches to therapy include, but are not limited to:
Integrated Listening System
iLs is a listening protocol that combines filtered music that is projected through bone conduction headphones with movement exercises. These protocols engage both sensory, motor, and neurological processes.
iLs is based on the theory of neuroplasticity and aims to "re-wire" our brain through repeated and specific stimulation. iLs provides your child's therapist the ability to exercise the neural pathways in your child's brain improving the way their brain processes information.
Case studies, research, and further information can be found at
Social Thinking Curricula
Here at Abilities, our therapists use a variety of evidenced-based social thinking curricula to help children 4 and older improve their social-emotional skills. This social thinking methodology promotes the use of visual supports, modeling, naturalistic teaching, and self-management. Some of our favorite curriculums include:
The Zones of Regulation
Superflex: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum
You can learn more about social thinking by visiting the website below.
Many underlying skills are required for efficient and legible handwriting. Particularly important skills include fine motor coordination, hand strength and endurance, and visual perception. A child's ability to sustain attention to table top tasks is also critically important for legible handwriting. For children with difficulties mastering these skills, handwriting can be a chore causing them to avoid school work altogether.
Our therapists evaluate and target these underlying difficulties that may be impeding legible handwriting. In addition, they implement the Handwriting Without Tears method to improve legibility for both cursive and manuscript writers from pre-school to 5th grade.