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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession. Its practitioners provide services to patients of all ages including infants and children who have physical, developmental, emotional and social deficits. Using purposeful activity, occupational therapy seeks to minimize the effects of disease, injury, congenital deficit, developmental delay or deprivation. Occupational therapists work as part of a treatment team, including the primary care physician, other healthcare professionals and the child's family.

Occupational Therapy services may be required for infants with:

  • Premature infants of low birth weight
  • Congenital abnormalities or genetic disorders
  • Neurological insult occurring before, during or after birth
  • Adolescent mothers, parents with a developmental delay or history or substance abuse
  • Delays in sensory motor skills
  • Poor behavioral state regulation
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Families living in extreme poverty

Occupational therapy services for infants may include

  • Promotion of oral motor development and eating skills
  • Prevention of deformities
  • Promotion of age-appropriate mobility and motor skills
  • Facilitation of developmental skills and play behaviors
  • Instructing caregivers about development, play or physical handling of the infant
  • Improving behavioral state, organization and regulation through positioning and environmental control

Occupational Therapy services may be required for children with:

  • Developmental delay
  • Sensory integrative dysfunction
  • Terminal illnesses
  • Learning disabilities, including dyslexia and dysgraphia (handwriting difficulties)
  • Emotional disturbances, behavioral problems, autism and phobic behavior
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and related disorders
  • Delayed motor development and dyspraxia
  • Orthopaedic disabilities, traumatic injuries, burns, and amputations
  • Developmental disabilities, including mental retardation, spina bifida and cerebral palsy

Occupational Therapy services for children may include:

  • Prevention of deformity
  • Facilitation of normal developmental sequence
  • Decreasing the effect of pathology on functional abilities
  • Improvement of motor development, self-concept and emotional maturation
  • Promotion of age-appropriate independence in daily living skills
  • Design, Fabrication and application of assistive technology devices and services
  • Environmental adaptation to enable increased independence

Kids in Action of Long Island, Inc. offers occupational therapy evaluations and treatment services to infants and children 0-21 years old. Contact us regarding Early Intervention and Preschool Services.

Authorized Early Intervention, Pre-School CPSE and CSE services for eligible children are provided at no out of pocket cost to families. All professional staff are qualified, specially trained personnel credentialed and submitted to New York State for background checks by Kids In Action and licensed or certified by the State of New York.

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