Occupational Therapy services for children promote the acquisition and/or refinement of developmental skills including arm/hand functioning, fine motor coordination, self-care, visual perception and sensory processing. Development of underlying skills is emphasized as well as use of adaptive strategies and equipment if needed.
Occupational Therapy provided at school is available for children from pre-school through high school. These services are generally provided in the child's school or classroom. Blick Clinic also provides educationally-based services to home-schooled children. Skills most often addressed include: handwriting, fine motor coordination, visual perception, sensory processing or other identified barriers that prevent independent participation in the classroom and full access to the school curriculum.
Occupational Therapy for adults promotes increased independence in the areas of self-care, work, leisure, functional community skills, homemaker skills and sensory processing. Occupational Therapist also address arm and hand issues related to deficits in range of motion, coordination or strength. Exercise, splinting and adaptation/adaptive devices are some of the strategies used to promote independence.
Occupational Therapy services for mental health assist adults to develop functional life skills that increase independence in meaningful life roles. Services are provided in both group and individual settings. Specific skill training can include safe food preparation/kitchen skills, money management, leisure skills, relaxation skills and vocational skills. Interactional skills are also addressed and include working cooperatively, decision making/problem solving, asking for help, managing anxiety , following directions, maintaining attention to task and working toward a common group goal.
Prior to beginning services, the Occupational Therapist completes an Independent Living/Functional Community Skills Assessment. This assessment includes an analysis of both the client's current and desired life roles. A treatment plan is then developed and adapted training materials and strategies are matched to individual needs so that maximum success can be achieved.
This service is available for individuals of all ages. Although our therapists specialize in serving people with developmental disabilities, a DD diagnosis is not required. A Physicians prescription may be needed for certain services.