Occupational therapy treats the whole person. As occupational therapists, we look at the individual’s participation while engaging in daily routines, such as play, activities of daily living (dressing, feeding, toileting, hygiene, grooming, etc.), education, leisure, and social interactions with family, peers, and the community that are being impacted. Through the use of play, therapeutic activities, and special techniques Occupational therapy focuses on the development of motor, sensory, visual, attention and regulation skills.
Through collaboration and our continuum of services, we utilize a team approach in order to provide individualized and person-centered services. For individuals receiving Occupational Therapy, the following departments and services are vital components of this continuum.
Our professionals are educated and trained to evaluate and treat children with speech, language and swallowing problems. The speech therapy team will focus on developmental areas including talking, understanding, social interactions and engagement as well as address feeding and swallowing problems.
Children who are under three-years of age who are evaluated for direct therapy services will be referred to Early Intervention services, which can be accessed through the Department of Human Services. This may provide additional opportunities to support their child’s development, as well as connect them with other services such as respite care or medical assistance. When Anne Carlsen Early Interventionists and direct therapists treat the same child, the family and child will benefit from the ongoing collaboration across all of the child’s natural environments.