Paediatric Occupational Therapy

Developing potential in every child: that's our mission and we take it seriously. Our talented team of occupational therapists and administrative professionals are dedicated to helping children achieve their maximum potential. We are able to provide families with a well coordinated program that utilizes available funding in the most efficient manner. Our team is characterized by a cooperative spirit and a consistent focus on the needs and priorities of the children and families we serve. Our goal is to assist your child in maximizing functional abilities in productive play, learning, cognitive and perceptual motor skill development, self help skills and socialization. Each child’s program is unique and we encourage you to contact us to help us learn more about your child’s needs.

Our Approach

Each treatment program begins with an Initial Assessment to identify the client's strengths and areas requiring improvement. The assessment draws from parent interview, standardized test results, observation, a review of other reports and feedback from other professionals on the team. A sound assessment is vital in designing an effective and efficient treatment program.

We believe the family is an integral part of the treatment program and provide opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s program. We work with children on a 1:1 basis on family centered goals. We work closely with parents, teachers, and other members of the child’s therapeutic team to ensure that skills gained in therapy are transferred to real-life settings.

Our professional team members are registrants of The College of Occupational Therapists of BC, complete yearly criminal records checks and have post graduate training in paediatrics.

 

Can We Help Your Child?

We work with children from the ages of 2 to 19. Although a diagnosis is not required, by way of background, we are able to assist children with the following diagnoses:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Brain Injury
  • Dyspraxia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorders (AD/HD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delay
  • Dysgraphia
  • Down Syndrome
  • Fragile X Syndrome
  • Motor Incoordination
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Rett’s Syndrome


About Occupational Therapy (OT)

OTs use a systematic approach based on evidence and professional reasoning to enable children to develop the means to participate more fully at home, school and in their communities. They do this by using skilled interaction, adaptive aides, education, activities and a number of other methods designed to improve self care, cognitive, visual-perceptual, gross motor and fine motor skills. These skills are critical in effective learning, participation in productive play and skill building activities as well as connecting with peers, family and other members of the community.



Funding Options

Available funding depends on your child’s diagnosis and specific situation. The Ministry of Children and Families website provides information about funding eligibility:
http://www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/spec_needs/services_programs.htm

The Community Brain Injury Program for Children & Youth, provides funding for children with brain injury:
http://www.centreforability.bc.ca/?page=11

Extended health plans may also provide coverage for occupational therapy, depending on the plan and carrier.

Where funding options have been exhausted, parents should consider paying for therapy through a health trust which makes therapy fees tax deductible. Please visit Olympia Trust for details: http://www.olympiatrust.com/



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