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Occupational Therapy and Visual Motor Therapy

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Occupational Therapy

Sensory Integration Occupational Therapy (SIOT) is a treatment approach that provides specific sensory stimulation and opportunity for the client to experience their body and movement sensation while interacting and playing in their environment.

The goal is to help our client's brain normalize it's level of alertness, accuracy of perception and provide an opportunity to develop more flexible and appropriate responses to their environment.

SIOT addresses the underlying challenges that cause behaviors, learning difficulty, gross and fine motor delay or social reciprocity challenges. 

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Movement is life. Without movement life is unthinkable.

-Moshe Feldenkrais

 

Visual Motor Therapy

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Vision is more than having good acuity or scoring 20/20 on a visual chart exam.  Vision is the combination and the coordination of the eyes and their muscles. 

 

Visual motor and visual perceptual tasks such as reading, correctly adding columns of numbers in math class, playing soccer or other ball sports, copying information from the blackboard efficiently, and handwriting are all examples of activities involving the visual motor systems and require visual perceptual skills.  

 

Difficulties in visual motor function will affect how the brain treats the information, which is often when “behaviors” may appear. 

  

Reading difficulties, learning challenges, poor eye contact, delay in language, delay in the development of gross and fine motor skills, handwriting, and organization difficulties can all be an expression of visual motor and visual perceptual impairment. 

Other and less obvious symptomatic behaviors can include hand flapping, toe-walking, social withdrawal, odd postures and hyperactivity. 

   

When a visual motor or visual perceptual dysfunction is identified, vision therapy is initiated.  Intervention includes specific activities involving the eyes, the visual field, the body and the body in the space.