Occupational therapy is directed toward a child’s “occupation” ‒ developmental tasks that enable him or her to interact with people and objects, and to master daily life skills. It can be valuable for a child with deficits or delays such as neurological or cognitive impairment, a developmental or learning disability or sensory integration dysfunction. Occupational therapy, which recognizes psychological, social and environmental factors, improves physical, motor and academic skills, and enhances self-esteem and confidence.
- Regulation of arousal level, Attention and Impulse Control
- Improvement of balance, coordination, strength and/or motor planning skills
- Improvement of visual perception and hand-eye coordination
- Refinement of sensory discrimination and processing
- Development and refinement of fine motor skills such as dexterity, manipulation, handwriting, cutting, feeding and dressing
- Improved cognitive functions
- Improved social cognition
Mind-Body-Child’s occupational therapy uses several innovative approaches such as therapeutic listening and Interactive Metronome.
focuses on coordination, timing and sequency. It is utilized to improve attention and focus, motor control and coordination, auditory processing, working memory, and the ability to regulate aggression and impulsivity. Melding the concept of a musical metronome with a computer program that measures, assesses and improves rhythm and timing, Interactive Metronome has had dramatic impact on children with a broad array of physical and cognitive difficulties.
Interactive Metronome: uses an auditory guidance system and interactive exercises to improve foundational skills necessary for learning and development. Thirteen hand and foot exercises are performed while guide tones direct the child to match the beat of the metronome.
impacts learning, the mastery of gross and fine motor skills, and social and emotional development and behavior. Sensory dysfunctions may be hypersensitive (highly responsive) or hyposensitive (low to respond) to stimulation. Mind*Body*Child sensory integration therapy teaches children to respond to sensations in an adaptive manner and with a motor plan.