Our OT Programs Open Up a World of Possibilities
Occupational therapy (OT) is a key treatment modality at Creative Health Solutions. It is a critical component of how we help children and adults with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities successfully tackle their daily challenges.
OT address not only fine and gross motor function and performance, but also concentrates on the psychological, social and environmental factors that affect functioning in different ways. A key goal is to build, improve and maintain the skills necessary for maximum effectiveness and independence in all areas of life. For adults, that can mean home and work life; for children, it emphasizes school and developmental milestones.
We customize our approach to treat a variety of conditions. Whether you or your child has been diagnosed with autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, developmental delays, fine motor delays or gross motor issues, Creative’s board-certified therapists will assess your need and develop a personalized program fine-tuned to your specific needs.
The first step is an assessment to identify those needs. We then create a custom treatment plan to help areas such as:
- Sensory Processing
- Reflex Integration
- Motor Planning
- Social and Emotional Development
- Gross, Fine, Visual and Oral Motor Control and Coordination
- Bilateral Integration and Timing
- Academic Readiness
- Activities of Daily Living
- Attention and Focus
- Executive Functioning
Making it Fun with Hands-On Learning
For children, one benefit is that OT can enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Skills that come naturally to their peers but cause frustration for them are addressed in a caring environment with plenty of hands-on activities.
For example, we’ll work on gross motor skills for regulation and safe behavior with obstacle courses, trampolines, brightly-colored scarf hammocks and even zip-lining. Building with modeling clay and other art projects help develop fine motor skills, which improve eye-hand coordination, writing and drawing, and developing positive emotional responses to various textures, smells and visual input.
Our fully-equipped kitchen and lunch room is also a great place to work on a variety of skills, including feeding, social interaction and sensory processing.
A Deeper Look at Our Therapy Tools
Creative has 13 unique therapy rooms with the highest-quality equipment to address our clients’ individual goals. Each one is designed to support various developmental skills with our innovative therapy tools.
Here’s a closer look at some of our most popular programs:
DIR/Floortime®: This therapy improves an individual’s development through a respectful, playful, joyful and engaging process. It uses the power of relationships and human connections to promote engagement, communication, constructive behaviors and thinking. We use this tool to increase interaction (especially for those on the autism spectrum) and use positive feedback to determine how a child can best move up the developmental ladder.
Interactive Metronome®: Our ability to focus and process information efficiently and accurately is all a matter of timing. Developed in the early 1990s, IM is a neuro-motor assessment and treatment tool that can measure and improve human timing with instant feedback. We even make this technology available for home use!
Listening programs: Based on the brilliant and insightful work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, this therapy integrates sound and sometimes movement to create a foundation for learning, attention, processing and behavior—as well as a lasting change.
Infinity Walk: A fun and self-paced method, this therapy is simple yet profound. The user first becomes anchored to the seemingly simple repetitive movement of walking in a figure-eight pattern. It is then progressively combined with additional multi-tasking skills (sensory, cognitive, relational, etc.) to produce positive change. You don’t need to “walk” to benefit from this method as it can be utilized with wheelchairs or other assistance.
Bal-A-Vis-X®: This is a series of balance, auditory and vision exercises that are deeply rooted in rhythm. It enables the whole mind-body system to experience the symmetrical flow of a pendulum at either an increasingly complex or increasingly simplified pace. In a group setting, it promotes cooperation, fosters peer teaching and encourages self-challenge.