Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Treatment of developmental delay in children

This section of the Physio Extra website has been designed to inform parents about various disorders that are treated in pediatric occupational therapy, and to give advice on treatment and prevention for various developmental issues.

You will also find our recommended tools for child development. Another section contains information regarding the motor skills of children between the ages of 0 and 5 years of age.

At Physio Extra, we want the parents to have access to reliable sources of information and advice, and know that they can rely on any information contained therein.  This information has been written and verified by an occupational therapist and medical professionals.

We care for clients from 0 to 18 years old, including term and premature infants.

Oun services include:
  • Comprehensive and specialized assessments
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Consultations for home or equipment adaptation
  • Group activities
  • Education and training for caregivers, educators and other professionals
 Treatments are available for:
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Help with the sensory process
  • Motor skills and visual perception
  • Academic and game skills
  • Writing and computer skills
  • Therapeutic Listening
Summary of services:

Specialized assessment – A two hour assessment with the child includes a summary of the results, an elaboration of objectives, an intervention plan as well as a written report explaining intervention objectives. This assessment is for children who have issues in school, or other specific issues. Some children may need a more thorough evaluation and probably a more intensive intervention plan.

Intervention session – 60 minutes – Includes 50 minute treatments/sessions with the child and 10 minutes for documentation. Parents are encouraged to stay and observe the sessions.  The parents will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Conduct of a session:

At Physio Extra, the initial session is to assess your child, to target the issues, establish goals & objectives and select the best occupational therapy interventions to help you better support your child.

At your first visit you will be asked to complete a questionnaire concerning the history of your child (pregnancy and childbirth complications and associated diseases, the child’s motor development up to now, habits, etc..), and a questionnaire on the sensory system of your child.

At the next step you will meet with the occupational therapist who will conduct the interview and give an objective assessment. According to the functional difficulties discussed, your child’s overall development of fine and gross motor skills, motor skill and visual perception, the sensory process, writing, computer skills, and game skills can be evaluated.

Finally, the occupational therapist will process and analyse the results of the questionnaires, standardized tests and clinical observations and will then be able to establish a treatment plan which will be explained to the parents at the visit following the initial assessment. During this session the occupational therapist will explain the results and underlying problem(s)/difficulties and provide you with tools, advice and exercises for you to do at home with your child. Parental involvement in this process is crucial, as parents are the first responders in the child’s life and with whom he/she interacts the most. The therapist acts primarily as a guide to identify the appropriate tools needed for optimal development and then subsequently teaches you, the parent, on how to use them. The therapist will also establish the frequency and approximate duration of the treatment session and plan.

Subsequently, at a time determined by the therapist and the parent, the occupational therapist will re-evaluate the child’s abilities regarding the home activities that were suggested in the treatment plan and will adjust the activities according to the child’s progress. You will be able to observe how the therapist works and then he/she will give you guidance and advice for home exercises. The occupational therapist will also be available to answer your questions throughout the therapeutic process and may, with the assistance of your doctor, refer you and your child to other healthcare professionals (physiotherapist, speech therapist, physiatrist, and orthopedist etc.), should your situation require it.