Occupational Therapy Services



 Occupational Therapy

 

At Therapeutic Life Skills we work with children, youth, and their families to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful. Occupation refers to activities that may support the health, well-being, and development of an individual (AOTA, 2008).

For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills, such as school activities, be creative and/or derive enjoyment, such as play, and thrive, such as self-care and care for others.

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Therapy Services

We work with children of all ages, birth through young adulthood. Our therapy interventions are based on the understanding of typical development and the impact of disability, illness, and impairment on the individual child’s development, play, learning, and overall occupational performance.

The primary occupations of young children are play and interacting with caregivers. We evaluate children’s development and provide intervention to improve skills and/or modify environments when concerns arise about a child’s functional performance.

 For example: 

• facilitating movement to help a child sit independently or crawl;

• helping a child learn to follow 2- or 3-step instructions;

• helping a child develop the ability to dress independently;

• helping a child learn to cope with disappointment or failure;

• reducing extraneous environmental noise for a child who is easily distracted;

• building skills for sharing, taking turns, and playing with peers; and

• helping a child develop the ability to use toys and materials in both traditional and creative manners.

Educational Needs

We work with students in preschool, and elementary, middle, and high school to support successful learning, appropriate behavior, and participation in daily school routines and activities. We also collaborate with teachers, parents, and education personnel on ways to support student learning throughout the school environment.

Injury-Related Needs

When a child experiences a serious illness or injury, medically based or rehabilitative occupational therapy services may be provided. These services are developmentally appropriate and may emphasize physical skills to increase movement, strength, and/or coordination; and adaptive skills, cognitive abilities, sensorimotor skills, visual motor and perceptual skills, and social and interpersonal skills to improve the child’s functional abilities and independence. Outpatient services may be provided to continue rehabilitation progress.

Emotional–Behavioral Needs

Occupational therapy practitioners have training in mental health and are well-suited to address children’s emotional and behavioral needs as they relate to everyday activities and social interaction. For example, occupational therapy practitioners help children develop the ability to cope with challenges, calm down when frustrated, defuse anger, and manage impulses in order to succeed at individual tasks and collaborative interactions at home, at school, and in the community.

As children grow older, skills for success in independent living become essential. Occupational therapy practitioners address self-determination and self-advocacy skills, along with transition from school into adult roles.

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Therapeutic Life SKills
915 Skyline Drive
Suite 100
Arlington, TX   76011

Voice

Phone: 817.299.9200
or 817.461.6200

FAX: 817.299.9222

Internet

Website: WWW.LifeSkills.us
E-Mail: info@lifeskills.us