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What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a profession devoted to enabling participation in daily living skills. Areas of self-care, leisure, and productivity may be addressed as part of an OT treatment plan. Optimizing function is a key element to successful therapy, whereby goals pertain to practical skills and activities that are performed on a daily basis.
What is an Occupation? Although the term occupation is typically associated with employment, within the field of OT it takes on a very different meaning. The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) defines occupation as “everything that people do during the course of everyday life” that is “named, organized, and given value and meaning by individuals and a culture”. Occupation is considered to be a basic human need and an important determinant of health and well-being.
Conditions We Assess/Treat
Children and youth with the following conditions may be appropriate to receive Occupational Therapy services. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and that all children and youth, whether or not they have an identified condition, are welcome at Boomerang Health.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Cerebral Palsy
- Developmental Coordination Disorder
- Down Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
- Muscular Dystrophies
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Developmental Delay
- Fine Motor Delay
- Gross Motor Delay
- Sensory Processing Disorder
At Boomerang Health, Occupational Therapy is often focused around play. This is the case, as play is considered to be a child’s primary occupation. Play can promote the development of appropriate motor skills, stimulate the imagination, enhance social skills, and improve cognitive abilities. Play can be used in Occupational Therapy in one of two ways; as the explicit goal being addressed, or as a modality to improve specific skills or competencies. The latter is what is most frequently seen in treatment; this is commonly referred to as play-based therapy.
Signs That OT May Be Appropriate
When a child is having difficulty with:
- FINE MOTOR skills (i.e. not using both hands together, poor pencil grasp, illegible handwriting)
- GROSS MOTOR skills (i.e. has trouble coordinating movements, seems weaker than other children his/her age, does not understand concepts such as right, left, front or back in relation to his/her body, avoids sports)
- SELF HELP skills (i.e. cannot independently dress him/herself, poor personal hygiene, messy when eating)
- ORGANIZATION (i.e. keeping track of his/her materials, unable to maintain a tidy locker or desk, organizing work on paper)
- FEEDING (i.e. cannot tolerate certain textures, picky eater, gastro esophageal reflux)
- SENSORY PROCESSING (i.e. avoids touching certain textures, bothered by loud noises)
Occupational Therapy at Boomerang Health offers assessment, treatment and consultation in the following areas:
- Development (Fine and Gross Motor Skills, Activities of Daily Living)
- Environmental Modifications and Adaptive Devices
- Sensory Processing
- Visual Perception
Occupational Therapists at Boomerang Health are trained in, and familiar with, the following approaches/programs:
- Alert Program® for Self-Regulation
- Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP)
- Handwriting Without Tears® and Loops and Other Groups® for Handwriting
- Sensory Integration
- Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding
- The Zones of Regulation® for Self-Regulation
Rehabilitation services, including occupational therapy, are not covered by OHIP, but may be covered under your extended health insurance benefits. Check with your insurance provider for details. Appointments with our physicians are covered by OHIP.
Initial Assessment (Includes Summary Report) of any area aside from Feeding: $180.00
Feeding Assessment (Includes Summary Report): $225.00
This assessment takes the place of an unstructured feeding observation in our clinic kitchen. Parents are encouraged to bring along a variety of food items, including preferred/tolerated foods and non-preferred/not tolerated foods. Additional food will also be provided by the assessing clinician, and preliminary treatment strategies will be introduced. Families can expect to leave with a basic clinical understanding of the presenting concerns and specific strategies to work on at home. A summary report will be written and provided to families.
Consultation/Treatment Session: $120.00/50 minutes