Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help children, youth & adults with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
SCYS’s OT will evaluate skills for playing, fine & gross motor, life & social skills and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.Then Develop a treatment plan to assist them in obtaining various goals associated with their age group and what is developmentally appropriate.
- In addition to dealing with a persons physical well-being, OT also address psychological, social, environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes our OT’s a vital part of our team for the children, youth & adults we treat.
sensory processing disorders
traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
autism/pervasive developmental disorders
mental health or behavioural problems
severe hand injuries
multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
Our OT’s work will include but not limited to:
- fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
- address hand–eye coordination to improve kids’ play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)
- work with children, youth & adults with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
- work with behavioural disorders maintain positive behaviours in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity)
- for those with physical disabilities the coordination skills needed to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting
- evaluate the need for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids
- work on sensory and attention to improve focus and social skills
Our OT’s are registered and licensed to practice within the province of Ontario. Some of our programs may be covered under extended health care coverage.