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What is Occupational Therapy?
Individuals who require increased independence and improved functional life skills can benefit from occupational therapy (OT).
Jackson Jade provides comprehensive assessments and therapy which supports individuals who have challenges with fine and/or gross motor movements, tactile & texture aversions and sensitivities, sensory function, play skills, daily living activities, visual motor skills, etc.
Our treatment programs are individually designed to target the underlying neurological and/or cognitive impairments affecting an individual, which promotes optimal performance and independence.
Our occupational therapists work closely with patients, their family, and community to improve these areas and when appropriate, make recommendations for special equipment to improve safety, protection, and mobility.
Our patients report life altering rapid results as a direct outcome of our intensive treatment programs with noted improvements physically, emotionally, socially, and parent and educator reported academic improvements.
Types of Challenges we can help with:
Feeding & Swallowing: Many individuals present as picky or selective eaters such as limiting what they'll eat based on texture, color, or brand of food, will restrict entire food groups, etc. Other individuals may have difficulty getting food on a utensil and into their mouths.
Fine Motor Skills: The coordination and strength of small muscles in the fingers, hands, and eyes which affect grasping items, ability to write, fasten clothing, perform daily living skills such as getting dressed, hygiene, feeding, personal care, etc.
Gross Motor Skills: These skills are used to move your arms, legs, and torso in a functional way to be able to walk, run, jump, kick, sit upright, go up and down stairs, lift objects, etc. One's coordination, speed, agility, and strength all have affect on gross motor skills.
Sensory Processing Skills: Sensory skills affect how the brain interprets information related to our senses (touch, sight, sound, taste, smell). When this process is disrupted it can make one overly &/or under sensitive to input. When our sensory system becomes disorganized it makes it difficult to block out irrelevant stimuli, control impulses and persist in the completion of tasks. It also makes it more challenging to monitor and control feelings, emotions, and behaviors and to recover from disruptions in routine or something that may present as an over stimulus to the system.
Visual Motor Perception/Integration: The ability to translate what we see and coordinate it with body movements. Visual motor skills affect things such as handwriting, visual tracking and scanning, catching or kicking a ball, stacking items, visual memory, spacial awareness, see the difference between objects, etc.