Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (O.T.) focuses on achieving functional independence through therapeutic interventions addressing perceptual motor skills, fine motor skills, strength, coordination, sensory integration/sensory processing, and self-care activities. O.T.’s promote and develop a child’s participation in everyday activities and facilitate a child’s independence. An Occupational Therapist may help a child who is experiencing difficulty with self-care (dressing, bathing, brushing teeth, hair care, hand washing), body and spatial awareness, handwriting, coloring, fine motor coordination, modulation, and regulation of sensory input from movement, touch/textures, sounds, sights, tastes, play and social skills. Our Occupational Therapists utilize a variety of treatment techniques and equipment in a safe and fun environment to achieve age appropriate functional goals.

Our Approach

At STARS Pediatric Therapy, we believe every child shines and has potential to play, move, learn, and develop into a happy and functional individual. We provide children, newborn to age 12 years, with quality therapy programs addressing each child’s individual needs. Our licensed pediatric therapists assist with the diagnosis, treatment and management of a variety of congenital, developmental, learning challenged, neuromuscular skeletal or acquired disorders.

  • Occupational Therapists use various standardized and clinical assessments to complete a comprehensive evaluation of your child to develop individual goals and programs.
  • An individualized plan is developed with goals for functional outcomes. Families are an integral part of the therapy team.
  • Occupational Therapists can assist in developing therapeutic interventions for a child to hold a pencil, sit up to play with a toy, use utensils at mealtime, tolerate hair brushing and nail care, regulate their emotions, get organized, write legibly, attend to task, play on a playground.

FAQs

Outpatient Therapy services helps children catch up and increases their chances for success in school and life overall.

Please bring any written documents that you want to share with our staff and therapists. This may include any previous evaluations, test results, IFSP/IEP documents, etc. You will also need to bring a doctor’s prescription for therapy, current insurance card(s) and completed case history form.
A child’s job is to work though play! Our clinic space provides children with a fun, playful environment offering a great balance between work and play. There are private treatment rooms to help the child focus and also a large interactive area to offer practice with social communication skills using a Promethean ActivPanel.
A therapy session can last 30-45 minutes, depending on your child’s therapist’s recommendation. If you have any specific questions or concerns for your child’s therapist, please bring them up in the beginning of your child’s session. A few minutes prior to the end of each session, your child and therapist will meet you in the waiting area to briefly discuss what activities were completed, how your child responded and suggestions of skills to work on at home.
Children should wear supportive shoes (tennis shoes), socks and comfortable clothes that they can easily move around in. Your child may sometimes play with messy materials such as paint, glue, and sensory materials so play clothes are best. Remember to bring your child’s eyeglasses.
At times we encourage parents to observe a session to demonstrate your child’s progress or a newly learned skill and to teach strategies for you to practice with your child at home. Your child’s therapist will plan observations with you in advance.
Yes, Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services can be billed through your insurance with proper authorizations. Families also have the ability to pay out of pocket for services provided. We will work with you through the process.
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Other Services

Occupational
Therapy

Occupational Therapy can enhance a family’s capacity to care for their child and promote his or her development.

Physical
Therapy

Physical Therapy can support families in promoting their child’s development, learning, and participation in family and community life.

Speech
Therapy

Speech Therapy can assist families in helping their child participate in all activities and routines of daily life.

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