Services

Our program consists of the following components:

Intake Interview

The initial interview is conducted by our Clinic Coordinator. The purpose of this interview is to collect basic information about the child and to determine the parents' concerns. At this time, parents may be given an opportunity to have a free brief consultation to a Behavior Consultant, Occupational Therapist or Speech-Language Pathologist, depending on their areas of concern regarding their child.

Assessment and Treatment

Specific skills that can be addressed in children through Assessments and subsequent intervention are

1. Fine Motor Skills

Children may face difficulties in using classroom supplies such as pencils, crayons, erasers, glue sticks etc. They may also find it challenging to manage fasteners such as buttons, zippers and laces. Their small hand muscles may not have the strength and coordination that is needed for those tasks. An OT utilizes the knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics and neurology to understand the missing components that may be hampering the development of a child's hand functions. Through various therapeutic activities the child's hands can get stronger and more coordinated, thus allowing him to experience greater mastery, increased skill and independence.

2. Gross Motor Skills

 

Children may show some delays in achieving gross motor milestones like crawling, walking, running, catching and throwing or simple jumping activities. These challenges later make it difficult for them to keep up with their peers. These children may avoid the playground, physical games or sports that other children their age find highly rewarding. An OT is the appropriate professional to address the child's needs in this area. Please call our office to discuss what services can be provided by us to support your child.

3. Oral Motor skills

Some children have significant difficulty with eating. They either eat a very limited repertoire of foods and / or gag very easily when trying new foods. These children are often referred to as "picky" eaters. Our therapists take a complete history of those foods that the children will eat including but not limited to taking note of the various temperatures, colors and textures the child will tolerate. Treatment for these children focuses on the sensory system that may be oversensitive and incorporates experiences with total body exploration as well as oral exploration. New foods are incrementally introduced following a protocol of what is more likely to be tolerated.

4. Handwriting skills

Handwriting skills from the basics of letter formation to taking class notes legibly can be extremely difficult for some children to learn. Occupational Therapists uncover the underlying causes of a child's difficulty in this area. The child may have weakness, coordination deficits, sensory limitations that do not allow easy control of the pencil, visual tracking deficits or motor planning limitations. Occupational Therapists use a multisensory approach to handwriting remediation that is based on the foundations of hand anatomy, biomechanics and sensory functioning. OTs are familiar with the handwriting programs that are often utilized in your local school district and can be the expert you need to maximize their effectiveness.

 

5. Visual Perceptual and Visual Motor skills

 

From stacking blocks and doing puzzles to writing letters appropriately, a child must be able to perceive differences and relationships between objects in the environment. Occupational Therapists help children discover these relationships and begin a map of the spatial planning that is required to function in our world. All skills are learned through play as children are provided with therapeutic experiences that progress from simple to complex. Through Occupational Therapy treatment improvements have been reported by parents in a child's handwriting, organizational skills, play skills and school performance.


School Observations/Consultation

Our therapists are available to travel to schools and day cares to provide information sessions for teachers, students and other relevant staff involved with the child receiving therapy at Symbiosis.


Workshops/Professional Development

Therapists at Symbiosis have presented workshops on varied topics of interest both internationally and locally. They provide training and information on various aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome and other developmental conditions. Topics include basic interventions of sensory or motor skills development, classroom accommodations, social skills training and other academic issues. Please contact us to know about upcoming workshops or to arrange for a workshop in your school or agency.