What is Occupational Therapy?
As part of our Early Intervention Programme, one of the main goals for our children is to develop independence in their daily routine. These daily activities include writing, feeding, wearing shoes, and zipping a bag. Therefore, our Occupational Therapy programme focuses on bringing the child to the best level of functional ability in school, home, and society.
Occupational therapy can help in improving gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, posture, balancing, over-all coordination, visual-motor integration, handwriting, and activities of daily living.
Bridging the Gap Occupational Therapy Programme:
What is the Difference?
At Bridging the Gap, our occupational therapy sessions are held in our safe and fully equipped sensory integrated gym. Moreover, we have specially designed sensory wall to make every session more fun & engaging. Our sessions are conducted one-on-one so we can focus on the child’s area of difficulty and individual challenges.
As part our “all-inclusive” early intervention program, our occupational therapy sessions are conducted on a weekly basis and strategies used by our therapists are reinforced by the early interventionists daily, in the classroom setting.
Occupational therapy exercises and activities vary depending on your child’s disorder, age, interests, and needs. Various therapy approaches are implemented to maximize function. Our safe sensory gym is used to accelerate your child’s development.
What is the Occupational Therapy Process? What Steps are Involved?
1. Registration / Parent Interview
Before the assessment, you will be asked to fill out a form to provide information of your child’s developmental history and your concerns about your child. The therapist will also ask you for further information via dialogue.
2. Child Assessment
Our occupational therapist combines the use of standardised assessment tools with clinical observations to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your child. The assessment is then summarized and is used as a baseline for intervention goals. With solid information at hand, they can then proceed to develop an individually customized intervention plan with concrete goals.
The Occupational Therapist will be assessing these areas:
- Visual Motor Integration and Visual Perception Skills
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Sensory Processing
- Motor Planning and Motor Coordination
- Handwriting Skills
3. Goal Setting
Based on the assessments, the occupational therapist will plan tailor-made goals for your child’s therapy sessions. As mentioned, the strategies used are play-based especially for younger children. However, there will be specific exercises targeted for focus and specific areas in school environments and at home. These targeted goals will be explained to parents and will be followed up by weekly homework and updates from the therapist.
What are the Signs to Look Out for in a Child That May Require Occupational Therapy? How Can Our Programme Help Your Child?
Children with Developmental Delay
- Poor sensory integration skills – Thinks that sounds are too loud or soft objects feel hard, hyperactive, excessive salivation, uncontrollable fidgeting, etc.
- Poor emotional regulation – Often angry, anxious, or depressed
- Poor visual perception skills – Trouble with hand-eye coordination, skip words when reading or poor spatial awareness
Children with Poor Fine Motor Skills
- Unable to hold utensils, writing materials or usage of scissors
- Unable to manipulate with toys & puzzles (pulling, unscrewing, threading, pressing, kneading, slotting in, etc.)
- Unable to tie shoelaces
- Unable or shows poor handwriting
Children with Poor Gross Motor Skills
- Needs assistance and support to walk to a flat ground or moving surface
- Poor hand-eye coordination
- Poor balance and spatial awareness
- Does not understand concept of left & right
- Shows fear of heights and swings
Children with Poor Attention & Focus
- Poor memory
- Poor time management
- Unable to keep up in conversations
I am very happy with the services of BTG and the teachers. They are a nice and professional team who goes the extra mile to ensure our child develop and grow under their care. My son sees both the Speech therapist and Occupational therapist and their combined efforts have helped him stay in mainstream preschool.
Our son has sensory processing disorder and gross and fine motor issues. The therapists and the teachers are all supportive individuals. Our son has improved enormously and loves going to Bridging the Gap every week. We are so grateful for all they have done to help our family and strongly recommend them to any family needing help.
We appreciate Bridging the Gap’s Occupational therapists and teachers who always work closely us. They have been diligently sharing some strategies and exercises which we can follow up at home. They have a great gym space which makes my kid enjoy it more!