Occupational Therapy

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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
  • Attention
  • 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
Sensory processing is the brain’s ability to take in and make sense of sensation entering the brain. Sensory processing underlies the ability to learn, develop motor and social skills, and perform adaptive behaviors.

Sensory Processing Disorder is the inability to process certain sensory information with the brain taking in too much or too little information. If too much information, the brain “overloads” and a person may avoid sensation. When there is too little sensory information processed, the brain will seek more stimulation.

Our qualified occupational therapists can evaluate your child to determine sensory processing and its influence on behavior and abilities.

We may see some common signs of sensory processing disorder

  • Distractibility
  • 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
Sensory integration is the body’s organization of sensation for use and the body’s ability to use sensory information appropriately through adaptive responses. Sensory integration is achieved when you have addressed underlying processing needs.
Our OT will evaluate your child via clinical observation, interviews with you and other caregivers, and may also use standardized assessment tools. After the evaluation, your OT will discuss the assessment findings with you and review recommendations specific to your child. The OT will develop an individualized plan to help your child feel and do better in all aspects of the child’s day, including play, socialization, self-care, and school related skills.