Occupational Therapy Services
Therapeutic Healing LLC offers the highest quality evaluation and treatment to adults within the fields of Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy.
Many adults have sensory processing disorders that make daily activities challenging or even impossible. For example, auditory sensitivities may interfere with the ability to work, ride public transportation, and participate in family activities. Tactile defensiveness often creates difficulties with intimacy with a spouse or significant other and frequently affects interpersonal relationships with friends, co-workers, and family. Vestibular processing problems can affect the ability to drive, ride in airplanes, and engage in daily activities such as descending stairs, riding a bike, walking on uneven surfaces (e.g., when hiking), and navigating terrain such as icy sidewalks (Kinnealey, Oliver, & Wilbarger, 1995). Adults with sensory processing problems, especially those with sensory defensiveness, often present to others as being controlling, picky, and overly sensitive (Oliver, 1990). They often report high levels of anxiety and depression, commonly have a history of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or trauma (Kinnealey & Fuiek, 1999), and may have tried years of counseling and medication before arriving at occupational therapy.
The Evaluation Process
At Therapeutic Healing LLC we tailor the initial consult, evaluation and treatment approach to meet the individual’s needs. Initial consults can take place with an in-person conversation at the office. Most clients benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. I will be able to decide with the individual the best approach for this, but it usually takes the form of a consultation or interview as well as some time spent in the clinic to explore how the individual responds to different types of sensory input. During this process, I will will obtain a comprehensive clinical history to determine the type and nature of the client’s sensory integration and motor problems and how those difficulties are affecting participation and occupations, as well as the client’s social-emotional state.