The following conditions/diagnoses we treat in OT include, but are not limited to:
- Sensory Processing Disorder is a diagnosis given when a child is struggling to handle and organize the constant sensory information received from their environment. All day our sensory system to stimulated with sounds, smells, tastes, smells, and textures. Children with this diagnosis are often overly sensitive to these types of stimuli. Our team of Occupational therapists at CTS are highly trained and use best practice guidelines to assess your child fully and determine an individualized plan of care to address their specific needs. We develop sensory diets and strategies for use in the home and with other therapies to maximize potential for success.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurologic and developmental disorder that affects how people interact the others, communicate, learn, and behave according to the NIMH. You may have heard of PDD, Asperger Syndrome, and Kanner's Syndrome but as we have collectively learned more about these diagnoses, experts have grouped them all under the name ASD allowing for treatments to be led by symptoms. Each individual with ASD displays different pieces of the entire symptom puzzle and requires treatment strategies as unique as they are. Our team of expert Occupational therapists at CTS use best practice guidelines to fully assess and create a treatment plan for your child. You are a key piece to successful intervention and will be supported and included from the beginning.
- Down Syndrome is a condition in which there are two copies of the Chromosome 21. At CTS, we understand that every child with Down Syndrome is an individual with different strengths and weaknesses. Our highly trained Occupational Therapists will be part of your care team to evaluate and determine a plan of care specific to your child. We use best practice guidelines to support your child’s fine motor development through play, while focusing on safety and stability. The age of your child does not matter, here at CTS we are able to customize a treatment plan for whatever the goals of the family are. While this is a lifelong condition, occupational therapy for your child is not. We will target your child’s immediate needs and develop a plan around successfully accomplishing the strength, stability, and skill needed to meet that goal. You will be involved in every aspect of your child’s care and provided support along the way to be the best advocate for your child’s continued development.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a diagnosis given to a child who sustained trauma to the brain while in utero, during delivery, or within the first few months of life. It is considered an umbrella diagnosis because the challenges that a person faces due to this trauma are varied and are as unique to each person as their fingerprint. Our team of OT’s at CTS are highly trained and use best practice guidelines to assess your child fully and determine an individualized plan of care to address their specific needs. They are then able to address whatever those needs are with fun and interactive sessions that your child will be happy to participate in. You will also be educated and included in every aspect of your child’s care. Our team will be there to facilitate any equipment needs, mitigate deficits to help your child perform at their top level of function and provide ongoing support for the family.
- ADHD/ADD are very common neurodevelopment disorders often diagnosed in childhood. You may wonder what the difference is between the two. Presently there is no difference between the two and the diagnosis of ADD is no longer given, it is just now listed as ADHD with the understanding that every child may present with different challenges under this diagnosis. Children with ADHD may demonstrate difficulty with paying attention fully, task completion challenges, and difficulty with controlling impulses. Some children may present with hyperactive behaviors and some do not. Occupational therapy is often recommended when this diagnosis is given and is the gold standard of care. Our team of specialized OTs will fully assess your child's unique challenges and develop a plan of care to comprehensively tackle each of those. They will become part of your care team to work on coordination, organization, ADL completion, and strategies to assist with energy management for successful participation in community situations. You will be part of each step in this care plan to maximize potential for success.
- Neurological Impairments is a very broad term for a variety of diagnoses affecting the neurological system. When the neurological system is affected for any reason, a variety of symptoms will present. This will be as unique as your child is. Because there is no "typical," it is important for your child to be fully assessed to see what their individual challenges are. They will then need a plan of care specifically designed to address each of those challenges. Our team of OT's is exactly what you need. Depending on your child's specific deficits, our team of OTs will be your sole practitioner or part of a larger therapist group which will develop a comprehensive strategy for care. Our OTs will focus on upper body range of motion and strengthening, coordination and organization, ADL achievement and strategy, and sensory integration to just name of few possibilities. No matter your child's need, you will not find a more dedicated and skilled staff to add to your care team.
- Chromosomal Abnormalities There are a variety of diagnoses based on abnormal chromosome structure (deletions, microdeletions, additions, etc) They can be hard to understand, identify or even know what to expect as a result of the diagnosis. Each can result in different musculoskeletal challenges and delays in motor and sensory development. But don’t worry because at CTS, we do not focus on the specific diagnosis, we focus on YOUR child. Our highly trained Occupational therapists are able to fully assess your child and determine their specific areas of need to then develop an individualized care plan helping them reach their highest level of function. Our sessions are interactive, fun, supportive and based on best practice guidelines for you and your child to ensure that progress is steady. We can support any equipment needs your child may have as well.
- Fine Motor Delay is a diagnosis given when a child is not hitting their fine motor skills by an expected age. This could be anything from struggling with toy manipulation, hand/eye coordination, to handwriting. Occupational therapy is recommended to address the weaknesses or sensory challenges leading to these delays. At CTS, we use the best practice guidelines to determine the areas of need for your child and provide comprehensive therapy to help them progress through their developmental milestones. OT looks and feels to your child like play, and you will be included in every aspect of your child’s care to help them fully reach their functional goals. Most children are able to make steady and comprehensive gains due to their work with our team.
- Hypotonia (low muscle tone) and Hypertonia ( high muscle tone) Both of these names refer to how a child’s muscles feel and function. You may notice that your child feels “floppy” and this is diagnosed as hypotonia. You may feel like your child is stiff as a board and this is diagnosed as hypertonia. Both diagnoses speak to the muscle tone throughout a body. Both of these diagnoses can result, while in different ways, in delayed motor development. At CTS, we provide a fun and interactive environment to fully assess your child’s specific needs and then develop an individualized treatment plan. Our Occupational therapists use best practice guidelines to take your child from where they are and help them learn to use their muscles in a better way to progress their development. We also help them, and you, learn strategies for successful milestone achievement. We can support any equipment needs your child may have as well. You will be involved in each aspect of care to ensure that progress is steady.
- Developmental Delay diagnosis is given when a child is not hitting motor milestones by an expected age. This could be anything from being unable to sit or walk independently, to not being able to manage self feeding and independent toy manipulation. OccupationalTherapy is often recommended to address weaknesses and individual challenges leading to the delays in fine motor milestones, and will work as part of the care team for your child. At CTS, we use the best practice guidelines to determine the areas of need for your child and provide comprehensive therapy to help them progress through their developmental milestones. OT looks and feels to your child like play, and you will be included in every aspect of your child’s care to help them fully reach their functional goals. Most children are able to make steady and comprehensive gains due to their work with our team.
- Torticollis simply means that your child has a tight muscle (Sternocleiodmastoid muscle or SCM) in their neck which causes them to hold their head in an abnormal way. This muscle performs rotation and tilting of the head and when shortened, a child can only look one way severely limiting their ability to visually explore their environment. This condition is extremely common and often unpreventable as it occurs with the position of the baby in utero or while in the birth canal especially with prolonged labor. OccupationalTherapy is often recommended in conjunction with PT to work stretching and strengthening especially at the shoulder, arm, trunk. OT will also work on visual coordination if needed. The stretching and strengthening activities are gentle and most often look and feel to your child like play; also you will be included in every aspect of your child’s care. Lastly, your OT will ensure that the fine motor development of your child remains on track despite the tightness in the neck and help mitigate any compensations your child may develop due to that tightness.
- Feeding Difficulties come in a variety of forms from texture challenges, to defensiveness, to decreased coordination of breath and swallow, ties, and pure oral weakness. This is a complex system while also being a basic for survival. It takes highly skilled specialists to determine what the actual challenges are and to then develop a plan to tackle those challenges. Our team of OTs here at CTS are just what you need. They will fully assess your child and then develop a plan of care to address all challenges keeping your child from successful feeding. They will work with speech pathologists ,if needed, to ensure that the treatment strategy is complete. You will be involved in every aspect of care to ensure the best possible outcomes.
- Erb’s Palsy is the diagnosis given when a very specific part of the Brachial Plexus is injured and results in a specific pattern of weakness in the arm on that same side. This type of injury can happen during the birthing process but also with traumatic downward force to the shoulder and upper arm at any time in life. Occupational therapy is often recommended to address the weaknesses associated with the trauma, and with therapy, most children experience significant gains in function if not full recovery. At CTS, we use best practice guidelines to fully assess your child and develop a plan of care to address the deficits. Treatment may vary by the severity of the injury and the age of the child, but the sessions will be tailored to your child, interactive and fun. You will be involved in every aspect of your child's care and educated along the way to support their recovery.
- Medically Fragile is an umbrella term applied to a child which requires significant and ongoing medical intervention due to a variety of conditions which stem from abuse, neglect, illness, brain or spinal injury, or congenital disorder. This could include a diagnosis such as CP, Down Syndrome, failure to thrive, or post organ transplant to just name a few. Each child will have a different set of needs and require a team of specialists to manage their care. OTs are often a pivotal piece of the care team tasked with attention to upper body and trunk range of motion limitations and weaknesses, coordination and organization challenges, sensory integration strategies, feeding challenges, and ADL management to name of few. Our team of highly skilled OTs will be an asset to your care team to fully assess and develop a plan specific to your child's needs. You will be included in each aspect of that care to ensure success.
- Injury, accident rehabilitation requires a skilled team with a vast knowledge base to assist with whatever challenges your child is facing as a result. In many cases, your child will require a care team made up of several specialists. OT is typically high on that list. You could not ask for a better addition to your team than our OTs at CTS. We will fully assess your child and develop a comprehensive plan of care to address each challenge. We thrive "outside the box" for creative interventions to each deficit. We will work with the rest of your care team to add strategies as needed for success across the board and you will be included each step of the way.
* Please use this list as a guide only; it is not all-inclusive.