Motor Therapy Assessment, Diagnosis and Therapy
The motor therapy department at Stars is dedicated to providing the highest quality services within a fun learning environment. We believe in the importance of working collaboratively with families to ensure their children learn and progress to their fullest potential. We offer comprehensive assessments and individual therapy sessions in both occupational and psychomotor therapy.
Occupational / Psychomotor therapists help individuals to reach their maximum potential in activities of daily life. This includes:
- Activities of Daily Living (ADL) skills such as dressing, eating, bathing
- Physical play such as riding a bicycle and sports
- School activities such as writing, cutting and pasting
Occupational/ Psychomotor Therapists also help to improve:
- Attention and Focus
- Sensory processing
- Visual perception skills
Psychomotor therapists work on similar targets as occupational therapists, with an increased focus on psychosomatic unity or the unity of body and mind. Through more complete self understanding of one’s body and its physical abilities, individuals subsequently learn the possibility of controlling the body in order to evolve and strengthen the body scheme. This in turn develops one’s individuality and sociability.
Your child will benefit from occupational therapy / psychomotor therapy intervention if they present with any of the following:
- Motor incoordination (gross/fine motor skills)
- Lacks body awareness (bumps into or trips over things)
- Unusual fear of movement/heights
- Excessively craves rough play and may show lack of safety awareness
- Unusual avoidance of touch, messy play
- Unusually high or low activity level, (always active or difficulties with attending)
- Lacks hand preference
- Poor handwriting/slow written output
- Difficulty with self-care activities including: brushing teeth, combing hair, buttoning a shirt, tying shoes, using utensils such as a spoon or fork.
- Uses one hand for tasks that require both
- Delays in speech (children who have delays in speech can also demonstrate motor delays)
- Difficulties with cognitive tasks such as following instructions, problem solving and organization.