Occupational Therapy

Capernaum’s occupational therapists teach children how to perform activities of daily living (dressing, eating, handwriting, etc.), interact socially, and cope with the sensory stimulation within their environment. They use sensory integration techniques, fine and gross motor strengthening/coordination, and visual motor/visual perceptual strategies to achieve the child’s individually designed goals.

Capernaum's occupational therapists treat children with the following diagnoses, and more:

  • Developmental Delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Down Syndrome
  • Oral Aversion
  • Anxiety
  • Spina Bifida
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Sensory Defensiveness
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Juvenile Arthritis
  • CHARGE Syndrome
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Children with Undiagnosed “Clumsiness”
  • Complications of Premature Birth
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Hypotonia/Low Muscle Tone
  • And many others!

Capernaum’s occupational therapists help children go beyond simply coping with their environment to enjoying and thriving within their world! Children gain pride and self-confidence when they learn how to take care of themselves.

Some treatment strategies and specialized approaches Capernaum therapists use include:

  • Therapeutic Listening™
  • Reflex Integration Training
  • Sensory Integration (see below)
  • “Handwriting Without Tears®” Interventions
  • “Getting It Write” and “First Strokes®” Handwriting Programs
  • “S.O.S.” Feeding and Other Feeding Approaches
  • Home Program Development
  • Social Skills Training
  • Muscle Strengthening
  • Visual Perceptual Treatment Techniques
  • Oral-Motor Interventions

Children benefit from Capernaum’s “Friendship Club” social skills groups, “Learning to Write Right” handwriting classes, and “Fun with Food” feeding groups. These extracurricular groups target specific challenges in a dynamic social environment.  For more information see Specialized Programs.

What is Sensory Integration-Based Therapy?

Sensory integration (SI) dysfunction may be present in children with a variety of diagnoses, as well as typically-developing children. These kids display maladaptive behaviors as well as decreased coordination and social and self-care skills (dressing, grooming, feeding, etc.). SI-based therapy is an approach that focuses on how children process sensory information (sound, touch, smell, taste, movement, body awareness) and how that impacts their learning, behavior, motor function, and independence with daily living skills. Children participating in SI-based therapy have shown improvement in academic performance, socialization with peers, increased flexibility, and a greater willingness to try new things.

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