Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on ensuring children can do the JOB of childhood.

Our highly trained pediatric occupational therapists are skilled at looking at the whole child in order to identify and address difficulties that limit a child’s ability to actively participate in daily life. These may include challenges with sensory processing/regulation, play, self-help, fine motor, gross motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, praxis, bilateral coordination, cognitive or executive functioning skills. Our therapists implement individualized and evidence-based intervention techniques to optimize each client’s outcome.

In addition to direct intervention, our pediatric therapists also work to educate the child and family in order to support carryover of therapeutic strategies and techniques at home and in the community. Our therapists also work to collaborate with your child’s other service providers and implement recommended strategies from their other disciplines in order to maximize outcomes and help your child succeed!

Our occupational therapists provide intervention services for infants, children, and adolescents to address the following areas:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) – basic skills needed to take care of one’s own body, such as bathing/showering, toileting, dressing, eating/self-feeding and personal grooming/hygiene
  • Education – activities needed for learning and participating in the educational environment
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs) – activities to support daily life within the home and community environment that often require more complex interactions than those used in ADLs, such as health management & maintenance, home management and meal preparation/cleanup
  • Leisure Activities – nonobligatory activities that are intrinsically motivated and engaged in during times when the individual is not engaging in work, self-care or sleep
  • Play – any spontaneous or organized activity that provides enjoyment, entertainment, amusement or diversion, including both play exploration and participation
  • Rest and Sleep – habits and routines related to obtaining restorative rest and sleep to support healthy, active engagement in other occupations
  • Social Participation – involvement in community, family, or peer-based activities that involve social situations with others
  • Work – occupations performed with or without financial reward, such as volunteering, pursuing employment and performing the requirements of a job

Our passionate team of pediatric occupational therapists is supported by continuous in-house mentoring, transdisciplinary team collaboration, and professional development opportunities. Here at Baby Steps Therapy, all of our occupational therapists are registered with the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) and licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy (CBOT). We support our therapists’ pursuit of additional training as well as the application of current research so that we, as a team, can continue to adhere to best practice in our field.

Areas of expertise and advanced trainings include the following:

  • Autistic Disorder
  • Early Intervention
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Integrated Listening Systems
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Sensory Integration
  • Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) Feeding Approach
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • DIRFloortime®
  • Vestibular-Visual Assessment and Treatment
  • Zones of Regulation

Pediatric occupational therapists are skilled at working with children who need specialized support in order to meet their potential, regardless of diagnosis or level of ability. Sometimes children begin working with an OT before they have received a formal medical diagnosis. Occupational therapists address functional challenges of daily living and do not diagnose. However, when appropriate, we will often refer to or communicate with the appropriate diagnostic professionals, allowing us to provide clinical information which may inform a diagnosis or treatment plan.

Examples of diagnoses and conditions commonly supported by our pediatric occupational therapists:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Brain Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Delays in Self-Care/Adaptive Skills
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delay
  • Disorders of Psychological Development
  • Down Syndrome
  • Executive Function Deficits
  • Fine Motor Delay
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Handwriting Difficulties
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Stroke
  • Upper Extremity Injury