Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting a child’s health and well-being through occupation. A child’s occupation is to learn, grow, develop, and play! Some children have difficulty meeting their age appropriate developmental skills, and may need some help to achieve these skills that allow them to reach their full potential.
At Noble Therapy we provide in depth assessments with your child and reports that identify current areas of strength and weakness. Report review is provided to parents to discuss findings, as well as home and community environmental suggestions and strategies. If occupational therapy is recommended, a treatment plan will be developed with parents.
We help build the bridge for parents to identify specific areas of strengths and challenges, provide home, community and school suggestions and develop appropriate treatment plans to meet goals prioritized by families. We value our relationships with caregivers, teachers and physicians, and realize that collaboration is essential to create effective carry-over from the clinic to home and school.
Feeding therapy is a specialized branch of occupational therapy involving specialized treatments to address gagging, vomiting, decreased food/texture tolerance, drooling, and decreased strength or range of motion of the mouth and other facial structures. At Noble Therapy, we approach feeding issues using the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S.) approach. The SOS Approach focuses on increasing a child’s comfort level by exploring and learning about the different properties of food. The program allows a child to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way, beginning with the ability to tolerate the food in the room and in front of him/her; then moving on to touching, kissing, and eventually tasting and eating foods.
The Sensory Integration and Praxis Test, also known as the SIPT, is a collection of 17 tests that are designed to test various aspects of sensory processing. It is a standardized test used to help identify difficulties in the different areas of sensory functioning and motor planning. It is the only current standardized measure of its kind aimed very specifically at the different areas often related to sensory integrative dysfunction. The test is designed for use with children between the ages of 4 years through 8 years 11 months. The SIPT tests motor planning (praxis) components of the vestibular, proprioceptive, kinesthetic, tactile, and visual systems. It does not test olfactory (smell) taste, auditory, or language skills. The SIPT is a tool that is primarily used to diagnose sensory integration dysfunction and is used in combination with other testing and clinical observations to develop appropriate treatment plans when indicated. The SIPT typically requires 3-4 hours to administer and is given in 2 sessions. Although the SIPT does not require the child to make verbal responses to the test items, it does require that the child be able to attend for a long period of time and to follow verbal instructions well. As a result, it may not be appropriate for use with all children with sensory integration and processing dysfunction.
Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping children with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with someone's physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some kids.