Building Skills to Improve Your Child’s Quality of Life at Home, in the Classroom, and in the Community

Occupational therapy focuses on helping children improve function in all areas of their daily lives. Our occupational therapists work with your child to promote functional independence through evidence- based, child-centered techniques to improve:

  •     Fine motor skills
  •     Gross motor skills
  •     Visual motor skills
  •     Activities of Daily Living (Including dressing and feeding)
  •     Sensory Processing

Individualized occupational therapy sessions are provided in both pull out or push in models. Occupational therapists can provide one-on-one therapy sessions in the therapy gym or push into the classroom in a group setting to increase generalization of skills to the natural environment. Occupational therapists at The Shafer Center for Early Intervention emphasize an interdisciplinary team approach, working closely with other related service providers such as speech language pathologists, applied behavior analysts, and special educators.

The Shafer Center for Early Intervention contains an indoor therapy gym with rock-climbing walls, monkey bars, and a variety of suspended equipment. We also have an innovative outdoor therapeutic playground designed with specific equipment including a roller slide, balance beam, tire swing, OmniSpin Spinner, and a We-Saw with full seatbacks and foot rests. Both the indoor and outdoor state-of-the-art equipment provides optimal increased sensory input as well as therapeutic strengthening opportunities through play. We believe children learn best when they are having fun!

For more information about how our Occupational Therapy (OT) programs can benefit children with autism contact us today by calling 410-517-1113.