What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? -
Pediatric occupational therapy helps improve the quality of a child’s life through a balance of therapeutic play, exercise / positioning, self-care, cognitive-behavioral supports, and carefully designed, specialized, or adapted work activities. Principles of health, wellness, and preventative care are utilized to support long term goals, community integration, and self advocacy connections.
Occupational therapists recognize the strengths in every child & family in order to help decrease the impact of disability on daily family or community living.
Occupational Therapy Services:
- Development and enhancement of functional sensory, motor & perceptual processing
- Management of muscle tone, positioning, and community mobility needs
- Increase safety awareness and judgment for community access
- Improvements in balance, strength, coordination for play/leisure/community/vocational skills
- Improved self awareness, advocacy, social resilience
- Increased self regulatory and coping skills
- Tools to increase self esteem and self determination
- Improved body, mind connection
- Understanding of sensory-behavioral connections
- Increased self care and functional independence
- Assistance with adaptive activities, equipment needs and their use
- Assistive technology supports, modifications, needs
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy if he or she has difficulty with:
- Coordinating eye, hand, body, or mouth movements
- Responding appropriately to environmental or social demands
- Processing and responding to information
- Accepting the introduction of activities typically enjoyed by peers
- Knowing what, when, and how to do tasks
- Performing daily living skills with independence
- Planning or completing ideas, thoughts, actions
- Developing play, social, or leisure skill interests
- Executing movements with control and accuracy
- Developing and maintaining regular routines learned
- Feeding & swallowing or mealtime behaviors
- Handwriting, keyboarding, accessing assistive technology
Does my child need occupational therapy?
Bayside Children’s Therapy Network, Inc.
We're located in the 'old Coke building' on Main Street - Gloucester Court House!
6688 Main Street - P.O. Box 130 - Gloucester, Virginia 23061
Call: 804-210-1555 Fax: 804-210-1556
Lisa Peschel McCann, MA, OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Lisa is dedicated to the efforts of expanding and connecting service delivery models to meet the needs of our rural children with special needs. As a clinician she has acquired advanced training and certifications in: Feeding/Swallowing Disorders, Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scales, Handwriting Development, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Administration and Interpretation.
All therapists at Bayside Children's Therapy Network (BCTN) are certified in their areas of expertise and standing members of one or more of the following organizations:
The Speech-Language-Hearing Association of Virginia.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Virginia Occupational Therapy Association
Former Board Member Special Education Advisory Committee
Former Board Member Mathews County Historical Society