Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Services

Comprehensive Occupational Therapy

The comprehensive assessment is recommended for children who are referred to an Occupational Therapist for the first time. This will help us to gain a better understanding of the child’s history and overall development. The assessment will lay the groundwork for individual goal setting and OT treatment.

The assessment process includes a 2-4 hour meeting with the parents and the child. The assessment utilizes various standardized tests, clinical observations, and a detailed parent interview and questionnaire. Parents are encouraged to bring previous assessments and reports from health care professionals and any pertinent school documents.

A full occupational therapy assessment encompasses the evaluation of the child’s current progress in each developmental area. This will help to uncover the underlying barrier inhibiting optimal performance. The assessment is then summarized in a written report, which is used as a baseline for the intervention process.

An assessment includes:

  1. Sensory processing skills
  2. Gross motor skills
  3. Fine motor skills
  4. Visual perception
  5. Oral motor function
  6. Sensory processing
  7. Printing/Written output
  8. Clinical observation including muscle tone, strength, bilateral integration and midline crossing, dominance, body awareness, postural control, and motor planning.

 
We provide the parents with a comprehensive report that explains clinical findings and offers recommendations and practical strategies for the home and school environment. We will also be available to consult with teachers, caregivers, and other professionals on an individual basis.

GROUP TREATMENT
We have clinical counsellors on our team to deliver group treatment. The groups areas co-lead by an occupational therapist and a clinical counsellor, both of whom have years of experience working with children with special needs.

We offer small group treatment for children who struggle with anxieties as well as social interactions. We also make every attempt to match group participants so that they will be able to support in each other in developing their strengths and will “fit well together” in the group environment.

We offer two groups:

  1. Social thinking group for 4-6 year old children with special needs (view more information)
  2. Social thinking group for 7-11 year old children with special needs (view more information)

The groups are tailored to children who show some ability to function within a group environment. The therapists will have an initial interview with the parents to determine group readiness. If we feel that a child would benefit in another group environment we will make every effort in assisting the parents to find the right fit for their child. Additionally, we work closely together with clinical counsellors who can offer individual counselling or anxiety treatments.

Treatment

For children who have had a recent OT assessment, we will provide an initial clinical consultation entailing a parent interview, clinical observation, and, if needed, additional standardized assessments.

We will then work together to narrow down measurable goals, which are always based on the family's priority for change. We develop a treatment plan in partnership with the child and his or her family that is based on the child's individual's needs and primary concerns and priorities. Our treatment model includes before and after treatment evaluations so that your child's progress is measured.

We offer a variety of treatment options including weekly 1:1 treatment session or an intensive treatment module. Treatment is always tailor to the need of the individual needs of the child and his or her family. We work with a multi-disciplinary team involving a clinical counsellor and SPL who sometimes share sessions depending on the child's needs.

We offer an intensive occupational therapy treatment model based on the treatment model of the STAR Centre. Recent research shows that frequent repetition is needed to make brain and behavioral changes. The intensive model entails short term intensive therapy 3-5 times per week.

Therapy is child focused and play based with sensory integration strategies. At WonderKids we go beyond the traditional Sensory Integration therapy model in its focus on relationships and engagement, parent education, Listening Therapy, DIR floortime and much more.

We have both a "top-down" and "bottom-up" approach. This includes both the neurological foundations of functions (such as sensory processing) and the functional abilities (like playing with friends) and quality of life factors (such as having a peaceful home life).

A child's occupational performance is play, therefore OT treatment is play-based. Essentially the child learns skills while engaging in a fun play session with the OT. Play is our platform of learning to share, take turns, to wait your turn etc. Treatment encourages exploration, creativity, and social expression while focusing on the established treatment goals. The child gains confidence and is encouraged to widen his or her abilities through play-based interactions.

Our services are client-centred and aim to bring out your child's maximal potential.

Treatment involves but is not limited to:

  1. Sensory Integration Therapy
  2. Feeding challenges based on the SOS approach
  3. Gross motor skills
  4. Fine motor skills
  5. Anxiety and emotion regulation
  6. Printing, handwriting, and keyboard skills
  7. Visual perceptual skills
  8. Treatment of oral motor skills
  9. Poor behaviour and social challenges
  10. Self esteem building

Parents' education! We want to empower parents to and parents participate in most of the sessions so they can see in real time what we are doing. This will give the parents the tools and understanding to support their child at home in the future.

We use a holistic approach and consider the physical, mental, social, and emotional perspective of childhood disability. Our staff uses a variety of treatment approaches always with the individual child in mind. Our OTs are all trained in sensory integrative therapy (SPD Pro Level 1 and 2) and, have additional training in DIR floor time approach, cognitive behavioural training CBT, anxiety training, NDT and bobath training, and social skills training.

CONSULTATIONS and WORKSHOPS
We offer individual consultations to parents, caregivers, schools and other institutions upon requests.

We are also available for workshops to support education and community involvement.

If you have a special workshop request, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss options for delivery.





Adventures in Social Emotional Regulation Training for children ages 4-6

Adventures in Social Emotional Regulation Training for children ages 7-11


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