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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

If your child has trouble with daily needs such as, getting dressed, sensory processing, behavior, eating, playing with others, or following routines, our compassionate occupational therapists (OTs) would love to support your child. Rise provides pediatric occupational therapy to families in and around Des Moines! Our OTs use play-based, child-led techniques to help your child excel their everyday life.

Together, we will build skills that you can incorporate into your daily routines to help your child meet developmental goals! 

What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a specialized approach that helps children master the skills they need to handle daily tasks. Our OTs work with you and your child through direct interaction and parent coaching so that you can help your child shine. What does this look like?

  • Teaching parent strategies that will build your child’s motor, social, cognitive, and sensory skills.

  • Working to determine the root causes of the challenges in their life and provide suggestions to help make those challenging times easier. 

  • Provide education and collaborate with parents, schools, and other therapists to ensure your child is being supported in all aspects of their life. We go the extra mile for your child by being their advocate.


Who Can Benefit from Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps children who struggle with handling daily tasks independently. Many children can benefit from occupational therapy, especially if they have conditions such as:​

  • Developmental Delay

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Auditory Processing Disorder

  • Learning disorders

  • Behavioral difficulties

  • Gait troubles

          (i.e., walking on their toes)

  • Picky eating

  • Difficulty with emotional regulation

  • ADHD

  • Delayed motor skills

​          (gross, fine, visual) 

Signs Your Child Might Need Occupational Therapy

If you are concerned about your child's speech and language skills it is best to schedule an evaluation with a occupational therapist who can determine if your child would benefit from services.  Your child may benefit from occupational therapy if they demonstrate any of the following:

  • Difficulty with fine motor skills (i.e., holding utensils or tying shoelaces)

  • Poor handwriting or trouble copying simple shapes

  • Frequent accidents like tripping or bumping into things

  • Difficulty making or keeping friends

  • Trouble managing their feelings when routines change

  • Sensitivity to sounds, tastes, touch, or other sensory input

  • Difficulty feeding themselves independently

  • Disregard of extreme sounds, tastes, touch, or other sensory input

  • Often seeking stimulation (fidgeting, touching objects, taking risks, etc.)

  • Difficulty with self-care skills 

​         (i.e. getting dressed, potty training)

  • Trouble staying focused

  • Struggle with emotional regulation

       (i.e., meltdowns, emotional outbursts)


Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Children with developmental delays or disabilities who participate in occupational therapy can experience many fantastic benefits such as:

  • Increased independence

  • Decreased behaviors

  • Improved fine and gross motor skills

  • Increased self-confidence

  • Stronger emotional regulation skills

  • Improved social skills and relationships

  • Better academic success and attention

  • Increased visual perception skills

  • Improved nutritional intake

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