Occupational Therapy Services

Therapeutic Healing LLC offers the highest quality evaluation and treatment to adolescents within the fields of Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy. This page describes the different types of evaluations that are offered here as well as information on individual therapy and the variety of specialized areas that complement individual therapy that many of our therapists have expertise in.

Which evaluation you receive depends on your unique needs. Please browse the information describing our evaluations. 

Comprehensive OT Evaluation

Most adolescents require a full comprehensive evaluation in order to begin occupational intervention services. Our comprehensive evaluation requires 12 hours of therapist time. This evaluation will give you a complete picture of the client’s sensory processing and motor needs along with recommendations for services and accommodations. It includes 2 ½  to 3 ½  hours of direct assessment, a comprehensive detailed written report, and an evaluation feedback meeting. The assessment tools used for this evaluation vary depending on the client’s age, abilities and needs, but may include the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT), the Pediatric Examinational Readiness of Middle Childhood (Peeramid), the OTA-Watertown Sensory Modulation and Discrimination Evaluation, the Bruininks-Oseretesky Test of Motor Proficiency, or a number of other assessment tools.

Specialty OT Evaluation

On occasions individuals may require a detailed evaluation that is focused on a specific need area such as listening, visual-vestibular integration, fine motor/handwriting skills, oral motor skills  or Interactive Metronome. These specialty evaluations are tailored to meet the needs of the individual. They are most appropriate for examining, in depth, specific problems that may have been identified in another evaluation, emerged as particularly problematic during therapy services or appear to be an isolated difficulty.

Individual Occupational Therapy Intervention

Therapy is based on the unique needs of each individual working one on one with a therapist and can address difficulties with self-regulation, sensory processing, body awareness, motor planning, and development of gross motor and fine motor skills. Sessions may be conducted in small quiet rooms to work on specific target areas and may then move to larger rooms to promote social interaction, problem solving and negotiation with age appropriate peers who will also be working one on one with therapists. Therapy is engaging and motivating for an adolescent, and an adult-guided approach is used to encourage the individual to participate in purposeful activities that stimulate sensory systems that may not working as effectively as they should be. Therapy is enjoyable for the individual and is skillfully managed by the therapist to ensure it is appropriate for the adolescent.  Use of the “just right challenge” ensures that the activity is not too difficult so that that he/she no longer wants to play but is not too easy so they lose interest quickly. It is this “just right challenge” that ensures the individual forms an adaptive response that will develop the functions that they find challenging.

No one can organize an individual’s brain for him/her. He has to do it himself.  Though a therapy session can look casual, both therapist and client are in fact working extremely hard. All of the activities a client engages in during a therapy session are purposeful and directed toward specific goals, and the goals here are self-development and self-organization.

The development of specific therapy objectives for each individual is a very important part of the treatment planning process. Meetings can take place with the parent/caregiver and the adolescent where appropriate during the first month of therapy to establish goals and objectives that will be measured by improvement in day-to-day skills and activities.

Our occupational therapy services treat a variety of diagnosis including:
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Fine and gross motor coordination disorders
  • Other psychological and neurological conditions
And a variety of challenges including:
  • Difficulty paying attention in class
  • Difficulty organizing and executing daily activities
  • Reluctance to join team sports and age appropriate activities
  • Difficulty completing homework and assignments
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • Avoidance of parties and social situations
  • Inability to attend concerts