Pediatric Occupational Therapy Calgary
Welcome to Virtuous Circle Counselling, where we offer Pediatric Occupational Therapy services in Calgary. Our team of highly trained professionals is dedicated to helping children develop the skills they need to succeed in all areas of their lives. Our goal is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where children can grow, learn and thrive.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a specialized field of therapy that focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to participate in daily activities such as dressing, eating, and playing. Our Occupational Therapists work with children who have a wide range of challenges, including developmental delays, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and learning difficulties. Our team works collaboratively with families, caregivers, and educators to develop individualized treatment plans that are tailored to each child’s specific needs.
As parents, we all want our children to thrive and succeed in all areas of their lives. However, for some children, developmental challenges can make it difficult to participate in daily activities. This is where Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Calgary comes in.
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy services are designed to help children overcome their challenges and develop integral life skills. Our services include:
The first step in Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of the child’s strengths and challenges. This process involves gathering information about the child’s developmental history, medical history, and current functioning. The Occupational Therapist may also use standardized assessments and observations to identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement.
Based on the assessment results, we develop a customized treatment plan that is tailored to meet your child’s unique needs and goals. The plan may include goals related to fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, social-emotional development, and play skills.
We offer sensory integration therapy to help children improve their ability to process sensory information, which can improve their overall behavior, attention, and any learning abilities. Sensory Integration Therapy may involve activities that provide input to the child’s sensory system, such as swinging, bouncing, or rolling on a ball.
We work with children to develop their fine motor skills, which are critical for activities such as writing, drawing, and using utensils.
We provide therapy to help children develop their gross motor skills. Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles, such as those in the legs and arms, and are essential for activities such as walking, running, and jumping. Occupational Therapists work with children to develop these skills through play-based activities, exercises, and games.
Play-based therapy techniques are used extensively in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. This approach engages children in therapy activities that are fun and enjoyable, while also promoting skill development. Play-based therapy may involve activities such as building with blocks, playing games, or participating in sensory play.
Finally, Pediatric Occupational Therapy also provides support and guidance to families and caregivers. This includes strategies to help reinforce therapy goals and promote positive outcomes. The Occupational Therapist may also provide education about the child’s challenges and how to support their development at home.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Calgary can provide numerous benefits to children, including:
One of the primary benefits of Pediatric Occupational Therapy is improved motor skills. Occupational Therapists work with children to develop both fine motor skills, such as handwriting and using utensils, and gross motor skills, such as crawling and walking. By improving these skills, children can participate more fully in daily activities and enjoy a greater sense of independence.
Sensory processing difficulties are a common challenge among children, and they can impact a child’s behavior, attention, and learning. Pediatric Occupational Therapy can help children improve their sensory processing abilities through sensory integration therapy. This type of therapy provides input to the child’s sensory system through activities such as swinging, bouncing, and rolling on a ball. By improving sensory processing, children can better understand and respond to the world around them.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy can also benefit a child’s social-emotional development. Occupational Therapists work with children to develop skills such as emotional regulation, self-awareness, and communication. By improving these skills, children can form stronger relationships with others and enjoy greater social success.
For children with physical disabilities or developmental delays, Pediatric Occupational Therapy can be instrumental in increasing their independence. Occupational Therapists work with children to develop skills such as dressing, grooming, and feeding. By improving these skills, children can participate more fully in daily activities and enjoy a greater sense of autonomy.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy can also benefit a child’s cognitive development. Occupational Therapists work with children to develop skills such as problem-solving, attention, and memory. By improving these skills, children can better succeed in academic and social settings.
At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we are committed to providing compassionate, individualized care to each child we serve. Our team of experienced therapists is dedicated to helping children overcome their challenges and reach their full potential. We use evidence-based practices to develop customized treatment plans that are tailored to each child’s specific needs. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed and we are here to support them every step of the way.
If you are interested in our Pediatric Occupational Therapy services in Calgary, please contact us today to schedule an initial consultation and learn more about our customized treatment plans, sensory integration therapy, fine and gross motor skills development, play-based therapy, and family and caregiver support. We look forward to working with you and your child to achieve your goals and promote positive outcomes.
Parents and caregivers play an important role in Pediatric Occupational Therapy. They are the primary advocates for their child’s needs and work closely with the Occupational Therapist to support their child’s therapy goals. They may also be provided with home exercises and strategies to reinforce therapy goals and promote more positive outcomes.
While both Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy may work with children to improve their motor skills, there are some key differences. Occupational Therapy focuses on developing skills necessary for daily activities, such as dressing and eating, while Physical Therapy focuses on improving mobility and movement. Occupational Therapy also addresses sensory processing difficulties, cognitive and social-emotional development, and play skills.
The duration of Pediatric Occupational Therapy sessions varies based on the child’s individual needs and goals. Some children may require only a few sessions to achieve their goals, while others may require ongoing therapy for an extended period. The therapist will develop a customized treatment plan based on the child’s needs, and the plan will be reviewed regularly to ensure that the child is making progress and that the treatment goals are being met.
We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.
We at Virtuous Circle Counselling acknowledge Moh’kinstsis, the lands where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, in what we currently call Calgary. We acknowledge that we are visitors on Moh’kinsstis and acknowledge the Blackfoot are those who named this area as Moh’kinsstis. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Îyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Dene people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.