Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy (OT)

At Phoenix Development Centre, we offer Occupational Therapy. A registered OT trains the family, the individual, professionals, as well as other caregivers in a collaborative effort to improve a range of everyday life roles. The goals of OT are defined by behavioral, developmental, and physical needs. We offer Assessment and treatment strategies in which the therapist works with the client and involved caregivers to improve skills or modify environment and overcome barriers impacting daily living activities. Paediatric OT include school performance, community participation, self-care and play skills.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy includes:

  • Gross motor skills – coordination, balance, motor planning
  • Fine motor skills – pincer grasp, hand strength, hand dexterity, object manipulation
  • Attention Skills
  • Writing skills – pre-printing, colouring, printing, drawing, pencil grasp
  • Self-care – dressing, teeth brushing
  • Feeding therapy – oral motor skills, use of utensils, cup transition, transition to solids, food variety
  • Organizational skills – planning, transitioning, executive function, routine
  • Visual-motor/perception – writing skills, gross motor skills
  • Sensory activities – self-regulation
  • Social skills – age-appropriate play skills, peer interactions

Programs offered:

  • One-on-one therapy: Child and caregivers are provided with strategies in the clinic setting that can be carried out at home or within the community to improve skills.

  • Social skills group: OT and SLP carry out a small class size for children who have difficulty with various social skills. Children and caregivers learn essential social skills and specific language to use in the classroom setting and at home. Social skills group classes are structured to provide children with education and awareness around sensory self-regulation, unwritten social rules and appropriate social interaction during play skills (at home/school/community).

  • Feeding group: OT (or OT and SLP) carry out a feeding group in a classroom setting by incorporating various sensory and oral motor activities in a series of transitions from one activity to the next. The program is designed to help children improve their acceptance to new or undesired foods, texture transitions and improve age-appropriate oral-motor skills. The group setting provides the children with peer interaction in a predictable environment with routine.

  • Sensory parent group: OT provides parents with education and strategies around sensory challenges and how to assist their children at home/school/community to be able to be independent and participate in daily life skills.

  • Writing skills group: In a classroom setting, the OT will engage children in age-appropriate pre-printing and printing skills along with pencil grasp, colouring and drawing skills. Children 3+ will improve their writing skills to be able to actively participate in the school environment with success.
At Phoenix Development Centre, we offer Occupational Therapy. A registered OT trains the family, the individual, professionals, as well as other caregivers in a collaborative effort to improve a range of everyday life roles. The goals of OT are defined by behavioral, developmental, and physical needs. We offer Assessment and treatment strategies in which the therapist works with the client and involved caregivers to improve skills or modify environment and overcome barriers impacting daily living activities. Paediatric OT include school performance, community participation, self-care and play skills.

Paediatric Occupational Therapy includes:

  • Gross motor skills – coordination, balance, motor planning
  • Fine motor skills – pincer grasp, hand strength, hand dexterity, object manipulation
  • Attention Skills
  • Writing skills – pre-printing, colouring, printing, drawing, pencil grasp
  • Self-care – dressing, teeth brushing
  • Feeding therapy – oral motor skills, use of utensils, cup transition, transition to solids, food variety
  • Organizational skills – planning, transitioning, executive function, routine
  • Visual-motor/perception – writing skills, gross motor skills
  • Sensory activities – self-regulation
  • Social skills – age-appropriate play skills, peer interactions

Programs offered:

  • One-on-one therapy: Child and caregivers are provided with strategies in the clinic setting that can be carried out at home or within the community to improve skills.

  • Social skills group: OT and SLP carry out a small class size for children who have difficulty with various social skills. Children and caregivers learn essential social skills and specific language to use in the classroom setting and at home. Social skills group classes are structured to provide children with education and awareness around sensory self-regulation, unwritten social rules and appropriate social interaction during play skills (at home/school/community).

  • Feeding group: OT (or OT and SLP) carry out a feeding group in a classroom setting by incorporating various sensory and oral motor activities in a series of transitions from one activity to the next. The program is designed to help children improve their acceptance to new or undesired foods, texture transitions and improve age-appropriate oral-motor skills. The group setting provides the children with peer interaction in a predictable environment with routine.

  • Sensory parent group: OT provides parents with education and strategies around sensory challenges and how to assist their children at home/school/community to be able to be independent and participate in daily life skills.

  • Writing skills group: In a classroom setting, the OT will engage children in age-appropriate pre-printing and printing skills along with pencil grasp, colouring and drawing skills. Children 3+ will improve their writing skills to be able to actively participate in the school environment with success.