Occupational Therapy (OT)
HEMAM’s occupational therapists work to promote, maintain and develop the skills needed by students to function in a school setting and beyond.
Our occupational therapists use a holistic approach in planning programmes. They take into account the physical, social, emotional, sensory and cognitive abilities and needs of students.
We work with your child to develop skills for handwriting, fine motor skills and daily living skills. However, the most essential role is also to assess and target the child’s sensory processing disorders based on different stimuli. This is beneficial to remove barriers to learning and help the students become calmer, more focused and function better in his/her daily activities.
What is Occupational therapy?
‘Occupation’ for a child means basic childhood activities like learning and playing. However, many children with physical disabilities and delayed motor skills find it difficult to do the simple everyday tasks age-appropriately. The occupational therapists at Hemam center help children to perform their occupation with the fullest potential, for instance, play, activity of daily living (ADL), fine and gross motor skills that required to perform typical tasks they supposed to do routinely across the settings including home, community and in school.
What issues can be helped in Occupational Therapy?
If your child has the following issues, then Occupational Therapy for children will be beneficial for him/her:
Consultation and Assessment
Once you have completed the enrollment form, we will contact you for a consultation with one of our (professional therapists) BCBAs. This consultation involves assessing your child’s strengths and abilities as well as identifying things that challenge them.
We will spend time interacting with your child to make observations about their behaviour, communication level and skills. We may also visit your home and your child’s school to observe your child’s behaviour during typical daily activities.
Effective treatments vary for every child, therefore, specific strategies will be designed to treat your child’s needs and may be integrated into your home life.
Developing a plan
Your child’s therapist will use their observations from the initial consultation to create a formal plan for therapy. This plan should align with your child’s unique needs and include concrete treatment goals and may include the following assessments; a Functional Behaviour Assessment, VB-MAPP, Essentials for Living, ABLLS, AFLS
These goals generally relate to reducing problematic or harmful behaviours, such as tantrums or self-injury, and increasing or improving communication and other skills.
The plan will also include specific strategies for caregivers, teachers and the therapist to use to achieve treatment goals. This helps to keep everyone who works with your child on the same page.