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Occupational Therapy

We don’t see autism as a disability; just a different ability

Building a foundation for the future

The beauty of pediatric occupational therapy (OT) is that it leads kids to independence in what they love to do most…play! A child’s learning is grounded in play, so Hopebridge’s licensed OTRs and COTAs use it to teach kids with autism and other developmental delays the foundational skills they need to occupy their time as they grow.

What is occupational therapy?

People often misunderstand the meaning of occupational therapy… “so you help people get back to work?” Add on pediatrics and it’s another layer of confusion.

This crucial therapy stems from the definition of the word, “occupation,” which is “an activity in which one engages.” So, what is a child’s occupation? Learning and play, which provide the building blocks for a lifetime.

Our developmental pediatric occupational therapy is different than that of the adult population, where someone may have lost a skill or had difficulty functioning in something he or she once did. There’s a difference between rehabilitation and habilitation. At our centers, these kids are delayed in milestones for whatever reason – genetic, neural, etc. – and it is our job to teach them those skills from the beginning.

Ongoing training ensures our therapists use the most current treatments to address fine motor skills, perceptual and cognitive skills, handwriting, self-care skills, feeding, social skills and sensory processing.

Who can benefit from occupational therapy?

Hopebridge specialists assist children with:

  • Sensory-processing difficulties
  • Poor coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor difficulties
  • Attention and regulation difficulties
  • Developmental delays
  • Feeding difficulties

An environment built for your kiddo to thrive

In addition to play spaces and other learning atmospheres, Hopebridge is equipped with all the necessary equipment and surroundings to create a foundation for education. Fully functioning bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are all on site to make sure kids are comfortable both at the center and at home.