Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Burlington

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Pillars of Wellness, located in Burlington, specializes in pediatric occupational therapy treatment for children and youth (from birth to 25 years of age) who have experienced injuries or challenges that limit their ability to participate in self-care, leisure, school or work activities.

Children see occupational therapists for a variety of reasons including:

  • Delays in fine motor skills: which affect their ability to grasp and release toys, hold a pencil functionally, cut with scissors, and develop good handwriting skills
  • Help with learning basic self-care tasks: such as getting dressed, tying shoes, washing hands, and feeding themselves
  • Difficulty with hand-eye coordination (aka visual-motor integration): which affects their ability to catch a ball, throw at a target, copy from the blackboard, draw shapes and print letters
  • Difficulty with self-regulation: which affects a child’s ability to calm down their body or mind in order to focus on schoolwork or completing a task
  • Difficulty with social skills: including taking turns with friends or dealing with conflicts that arise with peers
  • Challenges with sensory integration: when a child has a difficult time receiving and responding to information from their senses. Children may experience hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity to different sensations. Children who experience hypersensitivity often find their environment too loud or too bright.

Children don’t like to just sit in therapy, so occupational therapists strive to make therapy sessions feel like play. By participating in motivating activities such as games, crafts, and obstacle courses, children are developing skills while having fun! Occupational therapists help children develop these necessary physical, cognitive, and sensory skills so they can perform daily tasks more independently.

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At our clinic in Burlington, pediatric occupational therapy is administered in two ways:

One-on-one therapy:

This involves a comprehensive assessment of your child’s occupational challenges in the areas of fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual-motor integration, self-regulation, social skills or sensory processing.

Further treatment or consultation can include one-on-one therapy sessions in the clinic, education, prescribing a home printing or typing program, creating a sensory diet, or referrals to other specialists. With a variety of healthcare professionals available at Pillars of Wellness, the entirety of your child’s treatment can take place under one roof.

Group occupational therapy classes:

Each program lasts 8 weeks – one class per week - Each class is 45 minutes in length. Please contact us to book your classes

Printing Group Class, Level 1:

This class is designated for children who will be entering Junior Kindergarten in September 2020 and would like to learn or continue practicing proper top-down formations of capital letters, numbers 1-10, and how to draw a person.

Strategies from the Handwriting Without Tears Printing Program will be used in this class. Each child’s pencil grasp will be assessed and recommendations to improve grasp will be provided if necessary. Multisensory material including play-doh, chalkboards, whiteboards, and pipe cleaners will be used to make the classes fun for your child.

Why Pillars of Wellness?

At Pillars of Wellness, in Burlington, Ontario, we are proud to provide a truly integrated care approach that employs a variety of treatments to achieve a faster recovery. Our clinic offers different services such as physiotherapy, chiropractic, naturopathy, counselling, occupational therapy, yoga therapy, acupuncture, and holistic nutrition.

With multiple diverse services and specialities in one place, you’ll get the best care possible — without having to look elsewhere. Pillars of Wellness is your one-stop-health solution, located right here in Burlington.

Last but not least, chiropractic is typically covered under most extended health insurance plans. If you do not have coverage, or have exceeded your coverage limits, you can consult with our Physiotherapists. Both Chiropractor's and Physiotherapist's have skills and techniques to treat and manage back injuries and associated symptoms.