Carissa is also trained in The Alert Program®, with its user-friendly approach, helps anyone articulate their inner experience of self-regulation (how alert they feel). The program emphasizes how to change alert levels throughout the day, making it easy to get out of bed, work, play, learn, relax, socialize, and go to bed
1.Early Intervention is Crucial: Starting occupational therapy early can significantly improve a child's development and quality of life.
2. Watch for Signs: Difficulty with fine motor skills, delays in meeting developmental milestones, sensory processing issues, social and emotional difficulties, and learning and attention challenges are key indicators that your child might benefit from OT.
3. OT is Diverse: Occupational therapy can address a wide range of issues, from developmental delays to sensory processing disorders, and is tailored to meet each child's unique needs.
4. Finding the Right Therapist: It's important to find a qualified, experienced occupational therapist who connects well with your child and understands your family's needs.
5. You're Not Alone: Many New Jersey families have navigated this path before you, and there's a supportive community and resources available to help.
Q1: What exactly does an occupational therapist do for children?
A1: Occupational therapists help children develop the skills necessary for everyday activities, from basic self-care to school-related tasks. They work on fine motor skills, sensory integration, social-emotional development, and more, tailoring their approach to each child's needs.
Q2: How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?
A2: If your child is showing difficulty in areas such as fine motor skills, achieving developmental milestones, processing sensory information, interacting socially, or focusing in school, these could be signs that OT might be beneficial.
Q3: At what age can a child start occupational therapy?
A3: Children can start occupational therapy at any age. Early intervention is often more effective, but it's never too late to begin. OT can be beneficial for infants, toddlers, school-aged children, and teenagers.
Q4: Does insurance cover pediatric occupational therapy?
A4: Coverage can vary depending on your insurance plan and where you live. In New Jersey, many insurance plans do cover occupational therapy, but it's important to check with your provider for details about coverage, including any necessary referrals or pre-authorizations.
Q5: How long does a child typically need to be in occupational therapy?
A5: The duration of occupational therapy depends on the individual child's needs, goals, and progress. Some children see significant improvement in a few months, while others may benefit from ongoing support for several years. An occupational therapist will regularly evaluate your child's progress and adjust the treatment plan accordingly.
These key takeaways and FAQs aim to provide a concise overview of occupational therapy for children, addressing common concerns and questions New Jersey moms may have. By understanding these aspects, parents can make informed decisions about pursuing OT for their child.
What Our Clients Say
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the progress my daughter Isabel has made under the care of Deanna and her staff at the Pediatric Center. We were very concerned that our daughter at two and a half years of age was experiencing developmental speech problems and lagging behind other children her age but, thanks to the dedication and expertise of Deanna and her staff our child has made significant strides. Deanna and her staff are knowledgeable and professional. They treat each child as if that child was their own. We are very pleased with the progress Isabel has made, and we highly recommend the Pediatric Therapy Center to anyone whose child is experiencing speech problems.
from Fairfield, New Jersey
Deanna and her staff at the Pediatric Therapy Center are very courteous and professional. When we brought our granddaughter in for an evaluation Deanna responded thoroughly to all our questions and concerns and immediately put us at ease. The office is friendly and inviting, and our granddaughter enjoyed meeting the staff. Deanna is a skilled therapist who always puts the needs of her patients first. We are so happy to have worked with her and her team. It was one of the best decisions my daughter and I made for my granddaughter. Thank-you to Deanna and her staff.
from Verona, NJ
We have been extremely pleased with our four-year old son Michael’s progress. He received a diagnosis of the Apraxia by his neurologist. We did not know where to turn. Our preschool teacher recommended that we see both Deanna and Carissa (they are sisters) for both speech and occupational therapy services. We walked in the door and knew this was the right place! It is completely family driven! You can tell from the moment you meet them that they have been in practice for many years and have tons of experience. We feel like we are treated like family- they handle every aspect from start to finish-including our challenging insurance plan. It is truly a white glove experience. If you are looking for a family driven experience, clean facility/child friendly environment, with a multitude of knowledge in a variety of areas, the Pediatric Center is the place for you and more importantly your child! Michael is a completely different child because of the Pediatric Therapy Center.