Occupational therapists at Grandview Children's Centre help children to develop the skills needed to participate as independently as possible in their daily routines through the use of therapeutic strategies and adapted equipment.
Occupational therapists work directly with children and their caregivers to improve their functional abilities to engage in:
- productivity: work and play
- self care: feeding, dressing, and personal hygiene
- leisure activities
Occupational Therapy is a regulated health profession which helps individuals to maximize their level of independence in everyday activities. OTs at Grandview are licensed practitioners with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. Grandview also employs therapy assistants who may address portions of a child's treatment plan under the supervision of an Occupational Therapist (OT).
All of our staff receive ongoing training specific to working with children and youth with a variety of needs to ensure quality services for our clients, and their families.
Upon referral, an OT will work with you and other team members to determine the best plan to promote your child's development and encourage participation in their daily activities.
The therapist will assess your child and assist you and other caregivers (ie., teachers, in-home workers) to understand your child's strengths and challenges. Therapists may use a combination of clinical observations and standardized assessments to gain information regarding your child's abilities. The OT may evaluate a number of skills areas as needed, which may include:
- fine motor
- visual motor
- visual perception
- gross motor
- sensory motor
- self care
The OT may also look at the physical accessibility of your child's environment (home and/or school) and determine if there is a need for adaptive equipment or modifications (ie., bath seats, ramps.)
Information gathered will allow the OT to determine your child's unique needs. This may include:
- individualized "hands-on" therapy programs using a variety of treatment methods
- home practice suggestions to promote development and encourage independence in daily activities
- periodic monitoring of therapy programs, motor skill development, and/or equipment needs
- recommendations for environment(al) adaptations and/or adaptive equipment - consultation with family, caregivers, teachers, and other team members regarding specific needs, therapeutic strategies, and/or physical adaptations
OTs may recommend a variety of commercially available or custom-made adaptive equipment to allow your child to participate as independently as possible in their daily routines.
These may include:
- pencil grips
- adapted scissors
- slant boards
- adaptive classroom chairs
- grab bars
- bath seats
- toileting aids
- mechanical/electrical lifts
- feeding aids
The OT will assess your child’s equipment needs and recommend the most appropriate equipment available. In some instances, equipment may be available for short term loan through Grandview or local equipment vendors. If purchase is required, the OT can assist with seeking an appropriate vendor and/or with seeking funding assistance as needed.