OT's help people of all ages do the things they want and need to do. Occupational Therapy is a science-driven and evidence-based profession which uses every day activities (occupations) that are important to the client, to help the brain and body work better together.

Child with Therapist

A child's job is play. Infants and children learn how to interact with people and their worlds through nurturing and play. As children get older they go to school and eventually take on more complicated adult roles. Sometimes though, children of any age can struggle to learn the skills they need to be successful at school, at home, or in their community. Occupational Therapy uses graded and adapted play and other types of daily activity, to help children and adolescents gain the skills they need to develop and to be successful in life.


Red Flags

If your child does 3 or more of the following things, Occupational Therapy Consulting, LLC may be able to help:

  • easily startled (past 3 mos.)
  • poor muscle tone; weak/floppy; slumps at desk/table
  • difficulty consoling self; unusually fussy
  • unable to bring hands together to bang toys
  • difficulty playing with toys
  • says "I can't/won't" to age-typical play or self-care activities (dressing, potty-training, selffeeding, dressing, brushing hair/teeth)
  • slow to roll over, creep, sit, or stand; clumsy, falls easily
  • difficulty babbling, delayed speech
  • failure to explore; avoids playground activities
  • cries or becomes tense when moved
  • frequent fisting of hands after 6 mos.; breaks toys or crayons easily
  • doesn't tolerate lying on stomach (prone)
  • dislikes haircuts to extreme
  • avoids or resists being held; dislikes cuddles
  • sucking difficulties; picky or messy eater
  • overly active; seeks excessive movement
  • unable to settle down; sleep difficulties
  • dislikes coloring in lines, doing puzzles, or cutting with scissors; avoids written work at school
  • over-reacts to touch, tastes, sounds, or smells
  • needs more practice than other kids to learn new skills
  • difficulty shifting from one task to another
  • lack of confidence, poor self-esteem, anxiety
  • has trouble making or keeping friends
  • difficulty following directions, paying attention

A medical diagnosis does not need to be present in order for a child to benefit from Occupational Therapy, and "intervention" does not always mean ongoing therapy. If you have concerns or questions about OT or your child's development, consider setting up a consultative session today. Consultation can give you answers to your questions and can help you make decisions that fit for your family.

"If someone had told me our lives could be like this, I wouldn't have believed them. I see a 180 degree difference in [our daughter], since we started therapy. I can't thank Kelly enough for what she has given our family." — Mom to 7 y.o. girl post international adoption —
"You are the first person who has given us some answers and told us what to do." — Dad to 7 y.o. boy with learning disability —
"You helped me to "understand" [my son]. As a parent we may look at therapy as a way to fix our children. I'm sure that is why we originally came, but along the way I realized that understanding and learning how to support [our son] were more important than just a "fix"." — Mom to 8 y.o. boy with learning disability —
"Thank you for giving us our little boy back." — Mom to 3 y.o. boy with brain injury —
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