THE CLINIC

6734 Lone Oak Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109

NorthNaplesOT@gmail.com

Tel: 239-330-8268

Fax: 239-597-0031

Hours of Operation:

Mon - Fri: 9am - 6 pm 

​​Saturday: Closed ​

Sunday: Closed

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children develop the basic motor skills and sensory awareness needed for motor development, learning, and healthy behavior. These include the following:

  • Body awareness and positioning in space (proprioceptive and vestibular processing)

  • Coordination of movements between the two sides of the body (crossing midline)

  • Fine motor coordination (control and organization)

  • Praxis (motor planning/coordination)

  • Gross motor coordination

  • Ocular motor skills (visual tracking with smooth pursuit, saccadic eye movements, and convergence/divergence)

  • Visual perceptual skills

  • Self-regulation

  • Sensory modulation (reaction to stimulus)

 

Occupational therapists not only work directly with the child, but also with the parents, family, caregivers, and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviors which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and functioning.

WHAT ARE SIGNS MY CHILD MAY NEED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

  • Poor or illegible handwriting

  • Difficulty with letter recognition

  • Has trouble following multiple step instructions

  • Difficulty sitting still, always fidgeting, “on the go”

  • Delays in meeting motor milestones like sitting unsupported, crawling, and walking

  • Clumsy and uncoordinated

  • Tactile sensitivity avoiding certain textures, tags in shirts, dislikes haircuts, teeth brushing

  • Takes longer than other children their age to learn a new skill

  • Seems to have trouble using both of their hands together to perform tasks such as buttoning, cutting with scissors, typing, etc.

  • Does not seem to know how to play with toys appropriately

  • Messy, disorganized, and seems to misplace everything

  • Very rigid or set in his or her ways; cannot transition easily from one activity to the next

  • Tantrums easily

  • Very anxious or worried; difficulty separating from caregivers

  • Avoids eating a variety of foods due to various reasons (i.e. smell, texture, etc)

WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM AN EVALUATION?

An occupational therapy evaluation will assess your child's gross motor, fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, handwriting, and sensory processing skills. The use of standardized assessment tools, non-standardized assessment tools, parent interview and clinical observations will be used to assess the child's performance.

 

Following the evaluation, a consultation will be scheduled in order to review the results of the evaluation and discuss the individualized treatment plan created. This includes a series of goals specifically designed to help your child develop the skills necessary to be successful in all areas of life including functionally, socially, and educationally.

HOW CAN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY HELP MY CHILD?

Occupational therapy works through use of fun games and activities, specifically selected based upon the needs of your child, to enhance and encourage skill development. Children's primary method of learning in through play and exploration which is why therapy is play based.

All activities are selected to provide the "just-right challenge" so that your child will develop the underlying skills needed to effectively complete functional tasks which they will encounter in their daily lives. 

WHAT IS A TYPICAL SESSION LIKE?

Occupational therapy sessions are 50 minutes long, with 10 minutes following the session allotted to speak with the parent/guardian and discuss home activities. Each session is personalized to address the goals derived from the findings of the evaluation.  

IF MY CHILD WAS DISCHARGED FROM SCHOOL OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, CAN I STILL RECEIVE PRIVATE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES?

Yes! School Occupational Therapists are limited to working on skills/deficits that negatively impact a child's ability to function within the school setting. Often times children will no longer qualify for school OT services, but still can benefit from services to address a wide variety of areas including fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and sensory integration.