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A play-based approach to occupational therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy for children helps them gain independence while strengthening their skills including:

Fine motor skills Fine motor skills

Usually involve only the small muscles of the hands. These can include but are not limited to handwriting, scissor skills, using a spoon, fork, or knife, coloring, buttoning, fastening a zipper, shoe tying, etc.

Gross motor skills Gross motor skills

Any motor action that uses large muscles of our body. If you are using your arms, legs, core, or any combination of those muscle groups, you are likely completing a gross motor task. Examples of these include, skipping, jumping jacks, riding a bike.

Sensory Processing Sensory Processing

Is the general term for how our body takes in information from the environment (sensory input) through our receptor organs (like our noses, eyes, mouth, skin, etc.), decodes that information, and then uses it to inform our motor reactions.

Self Care Skills Self Care Skills

Include any activity an individual does as part of their routine. Large categories of these tasks include feeding skills, meal-preparation skills, dressing skills, self-care routines, toilet hygiene, etc.

Self-regulation Self-regulation

The process of tolerating frustration, maintaining an appropriate emotional tone relative to the situation, tolerating change in daily routine, and implementing coping strategies as needed throughout the day.

All of these are necessary for engaging in play, socializing with peers, completing daily self-care tasks, and participating in classroom activities.

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Challenges with sensory processing. This may look like picky eating, fear of movement, aversion to grooming activities, etc. Challenges with sensory processing. This may look like picky eating, fear of movement, aversion to grooming activities, etc.
Difficulty with safety awareness (i.e. difficulty moving through a cluttered room without bumping into items or falling and seeking activities like crashing or falling purposely) Difficulty with safety awareness (i.e. difficulty moving through a cluttered room without bumping into items or falling and seeking activities like crashing or falling purposely)
Delays in gross motor skills (coordination, balance, etc.) Delays in gross motor skills (coordination, balance, etc.)
Delays in fine motor skills (scissor skills, handwriting, tool use, etc.) Delays in fine motor skills (scissor skills, handwriting, tool use, etc.)
Difficulty with self-regulation Difficulty with self-regulation
Difficulty attending to tasks, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, difficulty coming up with new ideas during play, or challenges with problem solving Difficulty attending to tasks, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, difficulty coming up with new ideas during play, or challenges with problem solving
Difficulty attending to tasks, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, difficulty coming up with new ideas during play, or challenges with problem solving Difficulty attending to tasks, breaking down tasks into manageable steps, difficulty coming up with new ideas during play, or challenges with problem solving
Challenges completing age-appropriate self-care tasks (dressing, grooming, self-feeding etc.) Challenges completing age-appropriate self-care tasks (dressing, grooming, self-feeding etc.)
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Every child is uniquely different and their motor skill delays will manifest in a variety of ways. These examples serve as a guideline but this is not a complete list of every symptom you may be noticing in your child today. If you’re noticing a delay, connect with us and let’s have a chat.

How Occupational Therapy Can Help Your Child?

Improve your child’s ability to complete age-appropriate self-care tasks, providing a foundation for growing self-care independence Improve your child’s ability to complete age-appropriate self-care tasks, providing a foundation for growing self-care independence
Manage and address sensory processing challenges to allow your child to explore their environment and have new experiences without anxiety or discomfort Manage and address sensory processing challenges to allow your child to explore their environment and have new experiences without anxiety or discomfort
Build foundational pre-writing and fine motor skills needed for kindergarten) Build foundational pre-writing and fine motor skills needed for kindergarten)
Ensure your child is safely able to navigate the playground environment and engage with peers by improving gross motor skills Ensure your child is safely able to navigate the playground environment and engage with peers by improving gross motor skills
Improve self-regulation ability and emerging motor planning skills Improve self-regulation ability and emerging motor planning skills
Improve gross motor and fine motor strength, coordination, and sequencing Improve gross motor and fine motor strength, coordination, and sequencing
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We have been so thrilled with the progress our daughter has made through the occupational therapy offered at Valued Voices! My daughter is obsessed with her OT instructor and all the amazing activities she gets to participate in. She looks forward to it every week! We have seen so much progress with her sensory issues. I would highly recommend their occupational therapist, especially those searching for care that offers innovative and progressive strategies.

– Reynolds H

Developing your child’s mind-body connection

We believe in treating your whole child and guiding them to have an awareness of their mind-body connection. This holistic approach will support your kiddo to thrive emotionally and physically.

Making Occupational
Therapy Fun for kids

Parents often tell us how much their kiddos love coming to the clinic because we use play-based activities that naturally support their strengths to make occupational therapy fun for them.

We take the time to get to know every child we work with, and then we customize our treatment in order to draw on their child’s innate strengths, supporting their developmental progress.

Interactive Games Interactive Games
Movement + Mindfulness Movement + Mindfulness
Music + Songs Music + Songs
Empowering Conversations Empowering Conversations
Obstacle Courses Obstacle Courses
Arts and Crafts Arts and Crafts
Dress Up Play Dress Up Play
Board Games Board Games
Blocks and Construction Toys Blocks and Construction Toys

Supporting the whole family, because you are your child’s greatest teacher.

Our treatment is designed to not only treat your little one but to also support your whole family. If you’re the type of parent that wants to be involved in creating movement opportunities at home, we aim to support you in your efforts by giving you the skills and resources that you need.

Treating your child, not the label
they’ve been given.

We believe your child simply sees the world differently and we see that unique perspective as a gift. Our neuro-diversity affirming team and philosophies strive to empower and celebrate your child’s unique gifts

What we treat?

Autism Autism
Dyspraxia Dyspraxia
Down Syndrome Down Syndrome
PANDAS PANDAS
 ADD/ADHD ADD/ADHD
Motor Skill Delays Motor Skill Delays
Feeding Delays Feeding Delays
 Sensory Processing Disorders Sensory Processing Disorders
And more! And more!
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19782 MacArthur, Irvine, CA 92612
Suite 310 – Speech & Language Therapy
Suite 315 – Occupational Therapy
T: (949) 929-9248 | F: 949.209.2059
[email protected]

(949) 776-7010

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