Do you have students who find handwriting, catching a ball, or even tying shoes difficult? Although their visual acuity and perception are excellent, and there’s no issue with hand strength or dexterity, integrating the hands and eyes may be the problem This is but one of many areas where an Occupational Therapist can help. Moreover, now, online occupational therapy offers those lacking other options somewhere to turn; bringing closer the day when no child will be left behind.
The ABC’s of Online Occupational Therapy
Online occupational therapy offers students and administrators, children and their parents:
“Anytime, Anywhere Access”to occupational therapists who are both credentialed and licensed. You will expand your clinical capacity while improving access to specialists and culturally and linguistically diverse OTs when you choose Online Occupational Therapy.
Budget Savings Eliminate costs and hassles to recruit, screen, contract, train, and manage Occupational Therapists, and their transportation expenses as well.
ConvenienceEasily find replacements when clinicians are absent, on leave or move away. Improve staff schedules and efficiency by finding mutually convenient times.
Online Occupational Therapy may benefit a child struggling with these skills:
(i.e. coordination of movements between the two sides of the body, “crossing the midline”)
Executive Functioning skills
(i.e. problem solving, sequencing, higher level thinking)
(i.e.interacting appropriately with peers during social interactions using skills such as appropriate eye contact and voice volume)
Visual Motor Skills or Visual Motor Integration
(These are skills that emerge from the integration of visual skills, visual perceptual skills and motor skills that allow us to use our eyes and hands in a coordinated and efficient way. Visual motor skills are the foundation for many of a child’s day to day activities, including handwriting, drawing, completing mazes, copying from the board at school, cutting, coloring, catching or kicking a ball, or tying his shoes. When these systems are not effectively communicating children will have difficulty with many of these activities even though the child may not have any visual issues with acuity or perception nor challenges with hand strength or dexterity.)
Fine Motor skills
(i.e. maintaining appropriate pencil grasp in order to successfully perform handwriting tasks)
(i.e. buttoning a shirt, zipping a jacket)
Gross motor skills
(i.e. addressing core strength in order to improve coordination for both gross motor and fine motor activities; increasing endurance)
(i.e. A child who appears hyperactive and over-responsive to the environment may seem to have an attention deficit, when actually the brain is just receiving an overload of sensory stimulation making it difficult for the child to engage appropriately within his environment. In such a situation the child would likely benefit from a sensory diet consisting of sensory modifications/recommendations.)
What does an Occupational Therapist do?
Occupational Therapists (OT) help to maximizeyour child’s operative engagement in the meaningful activities of daily living. Most people think that occupational therapy is only for students with disabilities. However, it can also be helpful to children who are having difficulties in school. Occupational therapy may be the best thing for your kid for reasons that might be affecting his/her behavior or learning, such as visual or perceptual problems, motor skills, cognitive processing, difficulties staying on task, mental health concerns, disorganization, or inappropriate sensory responses.
"Occupational Therapists [are] able to craft interventions tailored to your child's skills, the specific activity, and its particular demands."
Evaluations and assessments can determine your student’s strengths and weaknesses in a variety of areas. Based on those results the OT, trained to look at the “whole child”, can craft interventions tailored to your child’s skills, the specific activity, and its particular demands. Adaptations such as compensatory strategies and environmental modifications are commonly used to increase the likelihood of success. The OT looks at both your child’s skills and associated problems (including behavior), in conjunction with his/her visual, sensory, and physical capabilities as they are impacted by the school, home, and classroom environments to enhance success.
In a school-based setting, these interventions are designed to help your students maximize their potential. Occupational therapy enables participation in the full breadth of school activities—from paying attention in class, concentrating on the task at hand, or holding a pencil, a musical instrument, or even a book in the easiest way. Online Occupational Therapy has opened the door to provide these critical services to countless more children in need.
Global Teletherapy has recently added Online Occupational Therapy to its growing Online Therapy Agency. While some providers have been in business longer, our therapists -- who work directly with your children -- are as equally experienced and qualified as those employed by older companies. All of our therapists are fully credentialed and certified in their field, and each has a minimum of 2 years clinical experience. Not only that, but we invest much more time and energy than other companies in personalizing each session to ensure your satisfaction. Often that “personal touch” can make all the difference!
If you need a company that has a vested interest in your success, will tirelessly work to get you results, and probably costs less while producing the same (or better) quality therapy, call us today to get started: 888-511-9395.