Occupational Therapy

What is occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy helps children improve their everyday functioning by increasing their independence in their daily “occupations”. A child’s occupations are any activities that may occupy their time throughout their day (such as dressing, grooming/hygiene, play skills, feeding etc.).

Why might my child need an occupational therapy evaluation?

If your child is struggling to complete their activities of daily living due to:
  • Overall weakness
  • Difficulty coordinating big body movements/balance or movements of fingers and hands
  • Struggles with drawing or handwriting
  • Challenges with age-appropriate self-care tasks such as dressing, self-feeding, oral hygiene etc.
  • Difficulty sitting still to complete structured tasks
  • Picky eating
  • Challenges with body and/or safety awareness
  • Dislikes messy play or being dirty
  • Difficulty with play skills
  • Struggles with emotional regulation/organization of behavior
What if you are having concerns and your child might need an occupational therapy (OT) evaluation?
A comprehensive evaluation will be provided to assess your child’s current level of functioning within their daily occupations of play, self-help tasks and more. A caregiver’s input and concerns are also instrumental in the assessment of your child’s skill levels. If your child is demonstrating delays, ongoing OT services will be recommended to help in addressing your child’s needs. Concrete goals will be created to provide an opportunity to track progress throughout OT treatment.
What would a pediatric occupational therapy session look like?
During an occupational therapy session, a therapist will utilize fun, purposeful, and goal-directed activities to help foster skills and promote growth and development. Play-based methods are used to facilitate opportunities to advance everyday function to optimal levels and encourage independence and confidence in everyday occupations.
How can occupational therapy complement my child’s other services (such as speech therapy)?
Multidisciplinary treatment and support is beneficial to your child’s overall development. An occupational therapist can work with speech therapists (and other disciplines) during and outside of sessions to support your child’s overall sensory processing, self-regulation, and attention skills, which are baseline skills a child needs to access higher cognitive functioning in their brain. An occupational therapist can also provide suggestions on specific therapeutic games or activities during sessions that may help your child remain alert, regulated, and attentive during sessions and structured tasks.

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Lindsey Dean
Lindsey Dean
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We absolutely love Fox Therapy Services and we are so glad we found Jessie! After trying several other Speech Therapists we were feeling frustrated and a bit lost. Our son is 4 & I wanted him to be able to receive the help and tools he needs while still having fun in the process. Jessie as an awesome ability to make Speech Therapy enjoyable for him. He looks forward to going every week and we have seen him make amazing progress. Jessie is very knowledgeable in Speech Pathology, yet talks to me mom-to-mom, which I so appreciate. We would definitely recommend Jessie & Fox Therapy Services!
Neyda De Pau
Neyda De Pau
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I cannot say enough about Fox Speech Services! We worked with Ms Stefanie. My daughter was extremely speech delayed. We had been at another independent therapist and I just felt that they were misdiagnosing her. Luckily, due to a change in health insurance and through the referral of our pre-school, we enrolled with Ms Stefanie and the rest is history. My daughter has fully developed in her verbal communication and is now confident in herself because she can articulate. We recommend this place all the time.
Lauren K
Lauren K
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I recently saw Amelia, the lactation consultant, who is IBCLC certified as well as a dietician. My 5 month old had been having weight gain issues, and Amelia was very professional, compassionate, and thorough. Amelia made recommendations and frequently followed up with us to see how things were going and to see if those recommendations needed to be modified. She was always available and you could tell that she truly loves and is passionate about what she does. Amelia shared her own personal struggles with breastfeeding, which made me feel comfortable and like I wasn't the only one having issues with this. I feel like her also being a dietician gives her a rounded out perspective. It seems that many lactation consultants are anti-formula, but Amelia approached our case without judgment and worked with us so that we could ultimately continue breastfeeding but also meet nutritional needs and gain weight.
Jenelle Smith
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Jessie is literally a miracle worker. I am one of her older patients, so I was not sure how much work could actually be done for someone who wasn't a child. But wow. In 3 months time Jessie worked so hard with me and boy did it pay off. She helped my speech and now I can barely hear my previous sharpness in speech. And it doesn't hurt that she is also a lovely, gregarious, kind woman. Go see Jessie, she knows what she's doing!!!!
Kelly M
Kelly M
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My 2.5 yr old son has been seeing the owner Jessie for almost 6 months now. When we first contacted Fox speech services we were in the process of getting my sons surgery scheduled for a tongue and lip tie release. My 2.5yr old was not talking AT ALL. I was beyond concerned and my gut was always filled with worry. I had my doubts. From the first session I still had doubts because it's play based. We're six months in and I have absolutely been proven wrong. My son who wasn't talking has over 20-25 words and is working on two word combos now and his comprehension of speech is taking off. We wouldn't be where we are right now with out Jessie and her fantastic team. They've become family to us and I'm so grateful and thankful for finding them.
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Due to COVID-19, Fox Therapy Services is now offering  TeleHealth online.  As of June 15th, we will be back in our clinic but will continue to provide TeleHealth for those that wish to continue virtual therapy.