At LLA Therapy our occupational therapy team works with clients to improve day-to-day activities, growing independence and confidence despite impairments, activity limitations, or participation restrictions. Occupational Therapists help people with physical, emotional or cognitive problems achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency in all aspect of their lives.
Each client and their family will be instrumental in setting goals and together we will develop a specialized care plan which may include:
- ADL (or self care) retraining
- Perceptual or sensory retraining
- Home management retraining
- Upper extremity exercises (including strengthening and coordination activities, orthotics, and cognitive retraining)
- Hand-Eye Coordination
- Fine & Gross Motor Skills
- Balance & Coordination
- Social Skills / Engagement & Relatedness
- Body Awareness
- Sensory Processing & Integration
- Motor Planning
- Bilateral Integration
- Developmental Delays
- Oral Motor Skills
- Muscle Strength
- Writing & Scissoring Skills
- Dressing, Grooming, Buttons, etc.
- Cognitive Skills
- Perceptual Skills
- Neurological Impairments
- Interpersonal Skill Development
Timing is everything! Interactive Metronome (IM) is backed by over 15 years of research and has over 20 studies published in leading scientific journals that prove unbelievable outcomes. IM is the only program that improves timing in the brain in an organized, systematic, flexible and engaging format. Research shows that combining movement and cognitive tasks leads to better overall outcomes. IM is a patented and unique training tool that challenges thinking and movement simultaneously, providing real-time millisecond feedback to help synchronize the body’s internal clock.
As your child adjusts his performance to the reference tone and guide sounds, his functional brain networks begin to communicate in a more efficient, rhythmic pattern. This, in turn, allows your child to reach his full potential academically, socially, and athletically in only minutes a day, a few days a week. Incorporate IM into your child’s training plan or therapy treatments and see improvements in:
- Sensory Processing
- Working Memory
- Attention and Concentration
- Processing Speed
- Motor Planning and Sequencing
- Balance and Coordination
If your child is having difficulty performing everyday activities and feeling out of sync, talk to your pediatrician to schedule an appointment for a therapy evaluation and Interactive Metronome consultation.
Check out the evidence for yourself at www.InteractiveMetronome.com.
We usually think of the 5 senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. We also receive information from our body position sense (proprioception) and balance and movement (vestibular). Children are constantly taking in sensory information through these systems to learn, play and interact with the world. Children with sensory integration issues do not process the information correctly and may benefit from occupational therapy to help the process along.
Some Possible Signs of Sensory Integration Issues:
1. Overly sensitive or under reactive to touch, movement, sights, or sounds in the environment
2. Unusually high or low activity level
3. Easily distracted, poor attention to tasks
4. Delays in speech, motor skills, or academic achievement
5. Coordination problems, appears clumsy or awkward
6. Poor body awareness
7. Difficulty with tasks that require using both hands at the same time
8. Difficulty learning new tasks or figuring out how to play with unfamiliar toys
9. Appears to be disorganized most of the time
10. Difficulty with transitions between activities or environments
11. Immature social skills
12. Impulsivity or lack of self-control
13. Difficulty calming self once “wound up”
What is SIPT certification?
The SIPT (Sensory Integration Praxis Test) is considered the “gold standard” for identifying sensory issues because it is the only sensory integration test to help us understand why some children have difficulty learning or behaving as we hope and expect. The SIPT can only be administered by a SIPT certified therapist who has extensive training in sensory integration.
If your child is demonstrating sensory processing issues, talk to your pediatrician to schedule an appointment for an occupational therapy evaluation.
We may see some common signs of sensory processing disorder
- Very High or Low Activity Level
- Over or Under Reaction to Stimuli
- Self Injury
- Upset with Changes in the Routine
- Self Stimulation like Rocking, Flapping Hands
- Low Muscle Tone
- Delayed Movements
- Poor Coordination / Clumsiness
- Unpredictable Outbursts
- Poor Safety / Impulsive Actions
- Seems to "Mouth" Everything
- Delayed Developmental Milestones
- Very Picky Eaters - Difficulty with Texture
- Extreme Avoidance of Certain Textures such as Messy, Sticky, Slippery
- Does Not Enjoy Learning New Tasks
- Difficulty with Games, Shoe-Tying, Handwriting