Occupational Therapy

Who We Are:

Our Occupational Therapists (OT’s) use evidence-based practice to build everyday skills in a fun and naturalistic setting. Whenever possible, Occupational Therapists will utilize a play-based approach that maximizes engagement, participation, and learning, and supports generalization of skills to the home, school and community. OT’s work as a team with each family to create a service treatment plan that fits into their lifestyle, builds trust, and helps achieve shared outcomes.

What We Provide:

The Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent wants to be your provider of choice.  We have provided services in Chatham Kent since 1948 and know that every child and family is unique. We will work with you to develop a plan to meet your family and child’s occupational therapy goals.

Occupational therapy services may be purchased to assess and treat the following developmental needs:

  • Self-care routines –dressing, oral hygiene, and self-feeding (e.g., brushing teeth, using a spoon for eating, buttons andzippers);
  • Planning and Organization – to be ready for the responsibilities of theday.
  • Writing – learning to effectively use pen/pencil and paper, a keyboard or even specializedtechnology.
  • Fine Motor or Hand Skills – learning to use the tools that help us get things done such as pencils, scissors, or glue.
  • Playing – promoting overall development, using toys, and playing with friends and family.
  • Visual Perception—letter reversals, printing,patterns.
  • Sensory Processing – education and consultative strategies for children who over- or under-react to touch, taste, smell, sights, noise, and/ormovement. Sensory services include access to a sensory assessment to explore sensory processing differences that are impacting a child’s participation in daily activities. A sensory assessment is appropriate for children who are struggling to manage and respond to information that they are receiving through their senses.

Families will collaborate with their Occupational Therapist to develop consultative strategies and recommendations to facilitate functional self-regulation and sensory processing skills. Client Funded Services does not include sensory integration therapy or “desensitization”. One visit is available to complete the sensory assessment. Based on the child’s needs, 1 to 3 follow-up visits are available for consultative strategy sessions.

If your child is already receiving government funded services at the Children’s Treatment Centre of Chatham-Kent or services from another provider, theOccupational Therapist will share information as appropriate, to help ensure everyone is working together to meet client and family goals and needs.