SPD – Sensory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) is a term used to describe a mismatch between a sensory stimuli and our response. Such a mismatch can occur in any sensory system. SPD causes children to process sensory input in an inaccurate way which leads to unexpected responses that can cause difficulties in a child’s daily life and be very puzzling to the adults around them. SPD is a complex, often hidden neurological disorder which can have a tremendous impact on learning, self-esteem, and quality of life for the child and family affected.
The Potential In Every Child
As a parent, you want your child to reach the highest level of his or her potential. You want the best for your little one, but sometimes things get in the way. Some children struggle with certain developmental stages. Without intervention, they fall behind their peers, and can become focused on their defeats rather than their promise.
Creative Hands Oppupational Therapy is here to help your child overcome these hurdles and soar to his or her highest potential.
The Developmental Process
When we look at a newborn baby, we see a limitless future. Who will they become? What difference will they make in the world and in the lives of the people they touch? Birth is just the beginning. The world is a brand new place, full of things they do not yet understand. The world is their school yard, and play is their occupation. During the precious first few years of life, every moment is a learning experience. As they grow, they learn more and more of the skills they’ll need to excel in life.
Each child’s journey toward adulthood is a series of developmental steps. Their hands need to learn to coordinate with their eyes. Their walking steps need work together with their sense of balance. Their brain will learn how to interpret the things the touch, hear and see.
When a child’s development doesn’t progress as fast as it should, we say that the child is “developmentally challenged.” Many children need a little help to progress and keep on track. That is where Creative Hands can help.
Occupational Therapy For Kids
The phrase “occupational therapy” is a bit of a misnomer. It has little to do with employment or job skills with children. A child’s “occupation” is play. That’s where children learn important life skills, like gross and fine motor coordination. During play, the brain learns how to interpret sensory signals. Pediatric Occupational Therapists are experts in measuring these skills and designing therapeutic play activities that develop and strengthen them.
The therapists at Creative Hands Occupational Therapy are like coaches. We help children maximize their potential, much like a trainer helps an athlete hone his skills for competition. With our help, your child will run his life’s race with every advantage…and win!
Our licensed therapists are skilled at evaluating each child’s potential and identifying his or her unique challenges. Then we design a therapy program that encourages success and achievement.
Some of our areas of expertise include:
- Improving oral-motor development and eating
- Increasing muscle strength, range of motion, energy and postural control
- Promoting mobility and fine motor skills
- Improving visual and motor coordination
- Advancing life skills (bathing, dressing, feeding)
- Enhancing Sensory integration and processing
We Help Children Who Have:
- Mental and physical challenges
- Developmental delays
- Birth defects
- Sensory Integration Disorder (SID)
- Behavioral problems