The Red Oak occupational therapy (OT) team helps children and adolescents develop skills needed to be successful at school, in the community, and at home.
The Red Oak OT team works with children and adolescents who may have trouble in any of the following areas:
fine, gross and/or visual motor coordination difficulties
OT interventions at The Red Oak are fun, dynamic and purposeful. Interventions are designed to help children and adolescents understand and manage their emotions, increase their self awareness, and promote sensory motor functions. Therapy is tailored to a child or adolescent’s needs, leading to decreased frustration and improved self-esteem.
Several frameworks may be used including sensory integration, cognitive, sensory motor and neurodevelopmental.
Parents are involved in all of our OT therapy services and are regarded as integral to our client’s success. Our large one-way mirror allows parents to observe their child’s session. The last part of each session is reserved for OT communication with parents. Feedback is provided to parents with strategies and education to help them support their child’s performance and to advocate for their child's needs.
All OTs at The Red Oak are registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario (COTO).
OTs use standardized tests, parent questionnaires and clinical observations of neuromuscular integration and function to assess a child or adolescent. Based upon the results, OTs will recommend a course of action and establish therapy goals. Detailed reports are prepared when appropriate.
Our OTs draw upon the following treatment modalities when supporting children, adolescents and parents:
Zones of Regulation™
How Does your Engine Run: Alert Program™
Handwriting Without Tears™
Therapeutic interventions may include individual therapy, dyads, or small group therapy.
Individual therapy is available for children or adolescents requiring treatment customized to their own goals. Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length with time reserved at the end of the session to discuss feedback with parents.
Dyads are offered when two children or adolescents present with similar goals and compliment each other's needs. The goals and number of sessions will be customized to meet each client’s needs.
Small group therapy is offered when several children and/or adolescents present with similar goals and complement each other’s needs. Our OT groups include self regulation and social skills, fine motor and printing, and sensory motor groups.
Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Interventions are evidence-based and are tailored to meet the individual needs of every client. The last 5-10 minutes of each session is reserved for parent feedback. Occupational therapists also conduct school visits and coach parents and/or teachers, as appropriate.