Therapy Services

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is designed to assist children in gaining the functional skills needed for independence in play, learning, motor skill development, self-care, and socialization in their home, school and the community. At The Madison Center, our holistic approach not only focuses on the child, but on the family as well, in order to ensure carryover and transfer of skills to the home and school. Interventions typically include muscle strengthening and range of motion, bilateral coordination, neuromuscular techniques, motor planning, sensory integration, visual perceptual skills, and visual motor exercises. Skills may be directly practiced, such as tying shoes, brushing hair, or writing, often with the application of adaptations or compensatory strategies.

Our clinicians take the time to look at each child individually to determine their specific therapy needs. A variety of disorders and diagnoses are treated and addressed at The Madison Center. Occupational therapy programs focus on constructing a foundation of skills that the child can build on, which foster independence and lead to a better life for both the child and his/her family. Frequently occupational therapy plans are coordinated with speech therapy in order to create a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses each child's specific needs

Disorders We Treat

The Madison Center therapist will first establish the current level of function and strengthen core/postural control through objective assessment, clinical observation and parental feedback. In addition therapist will observe for and lessen the effects of latent primitive reflexes that are typically fully integrated by toddlerhood. Specific treatments include:

  • Strengthen muscle groups needed to create a stable base from which smaller muscle groups can work.
  • Progressively higher demands for coordination increases as the child's competence improves.
  • Develop balance during stable (static) activities progressing to dynamic balance during movement.
  • Require increasing isolated movement of smaller muscle groups to improve fine motor skills.
  • Emphasis on using both sides (bilateral) of the body in a cooperative way to complete tasks.
  • Incorporate activities of daily living: dressing, hygiene and give functional application to the skills being acquired.
Our therapists will identify areas through checklists and parental observations that prohibit/inhibit the child's ability to explore or engage with the environment (movement, sounds, touch, etc). Therapist will also incorporate progressively more challenging “obstacles” and support the child's body and sensory system with carefully placed input that can allow him to work in spite of his sensory aversions and sensitivities. Where appropriate we will integrate methods for Developmental Coordination Disorders.

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