Sensory Integration is the way that our senses interact with the world around us. Sometimes our systems have a difficult time interpreting sensory input, particularly in young children. This can look like a child who will not eat certain textures, who will not wear certain clothing, covers ears or cries when he or she hears a loud noise, or a child who is afraid of climbing too high on the playground. Sensory processing challenges impact up to 16% of school-aged children in America. Our trained Sensory Integration therapists are able to identify the areas that are impacting your child's life, and incorporate interventions to enhance their ability to engage with the world around them.
Craniosacral Therapy is a light-touch therapy that releases tension deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance. It has been shown to be effective in supporting the central nervous system, which improves overall functioning in areas such as mood, motor planning, anxiety-related issues, sensory integration, and much more. Betty McBride, OT has been trained in Craniosacral therapy for 24 years. She is also trained in other manual therapies such as: Myofascial release and lymph drainage.
Gross motor skills include things such as: crawling, jumping, climbing, balance, or catching a ball. Development of these skills is extremely important for developing fine motor skills that require a child to use their wrists, hands, and fingers. Children use fine motor skills for writing, holding small items, buttoning clothing, turning pages, eating, cutting with scissors, and using computer keyboards. Here at NTTI, our therapists use a play-approach to build both gross motor and fine motor skills.
Other pediatric services include:
As occupational therapists, a main priority is assisting children in learning how to complete activities that we engage in everyday such as: dressing, eating, playing, going to school, etc. Many of us take these skills for granted, but often times these things can be very challenging and make day-to-day activities very difficult. Our trained therapists can identify problem-areas and break them down into simple steps, eventually increasing your child's abilities and independence.
The Interactive Metronome is an evidence-based program developed 30 years ago using a rhythmic beat and a computer screen. Children are instructed to maintain the rhythm of the beat while completing activities or while standing on an uneven surface to increase strength and balance. This activity has been shown to help individuals improve attention, coordination, focus, language, memory, and motor and sensory skills.
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