Seattle Occupational Therapy & Benefits

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What is Occupational Therapy for Babies and Children?

The goal of Occupational Therapy (OT) is to enable independence and function in people across the lifespan. Often people ask how I do OT with kids if they don’t have jobs. Well, the occupation of babies and children include eating, sleeping, playing, and learning. My purpose in OT for kids is to enable their independence and function in those important activities of daily life. I do that by providing craniosacral therapy to relieve underlying pains, aches, or restrictions that may be interfering with function. I also coach parents on providing activities and support for their kids at school and at home. During session we also take ‘play breaks’, during which I play with the kids and get to know how they play and learn, helping parents provide what’s needed for their next developmental milestones.

The occupations of adults are more varied, dressing, eating, playing, and keeping a job, along with maintaining relationships. Treatment is focused on reducing body pain through craniosacral therapy, and providing therapeutic exercise routines to do at home to prevent the pain from reoccurring.

My Process for Treating Babies and Children

All of my sessions are occupational therapy sessions. They include craniosacral therapy, as described on its own page, along with activities that vary according to age. For babies, I observe them eating, whether from a bottle or the breast, and discuss how things are going, coaching and problem solving with parents. For children, we move between craniosacral treatment and reading time, and play time in the studio with toys and movement experiences. For adults, the sessions are primarily on the treatment table, as in a massage therapy session, with therapeutic exercise as needed at the end of the session.

Effectively Treating Child and Baby Symptoms

The focus is in my practice is to support babies and children in their development so they can have happy childhoods, and become happy adults. I work with kids who have difficulty with following challenges:

  • Feeding Issues
  • Motor Delay
  • Sleeplessness
  • Behavioral Challenges
  • Chronic Ear and/or sinus infections
  • Colic
  • Developmental Delay
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Back or Neck Pain
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Constipation
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Excessive Worries