Occupational Therapy for Kids

Downers Grove, IL

Pediatric occupational therapy for children is one of our core services at Milestones. We are experts at helping children develop the skills they need to be successful in play with others, in school, and in activities of daily living. Our occupational therapists work with children to develop enhanced motor planning, sensory processing, and organizational, visual motor, and adaptive play skills.

Our Approach

Our occupational therapy team is trained in the most current methods, including approaches for sensory processing disorders (SPD), holistic approaches for feeding issues, a holistic approach to handwriting development, as well as Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT), Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) and other auditory interventions, Kinesio Taping®, neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), Theratogs™ and other manual therapy approaches. 

Who Is a Candidate?

The children we see in occupational therapy have a variety of diagnoses, including developmental delay, idiopathic toe walking, feeding/swallowing disorders, sensory processing disorder (SPD), autism spectrum disorders (ASD), cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), visual motor deficits, fine motor delays, coordination disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS/FASD), spina bifida, neurological and musculoskeletal disorders, failure to thrive (FTT), apraxia, and brachial plexus injury.

General indicators that a child may benefit from an occupational therapy evaluation include:

  • Weak, stiff or uncoordinated movements
  • Awkward grasp or clumsy use of crayons, pencils, scissors or other tools and utensils
  • Excessive seeking or avoidance of movement or touch
  • Lack of hand preference after age 6
  • Difficulties with age-appropriate self-help skills such as dressing and toileting
  • Attention and organizational problems with school tasks
  • Difficulties with social interaction
  • Difficulties with feeding, food aversions or a very limited diet
  • Poor balance skills
  • Difficulty tolerating touch, such as brushing hair or brushing teeth
  • Difficulties in sports, such as catching or throwing a ball
  • Unable to ride a bicycle independently by age 8
  • Poor organizational skills
  • Difficulty regulating activity level
  • Frequent emotional outbursts or “meltdowns” in behavior
  • Lack of age-appropriate play skills

To learn about an evaluation for your child, contact us today.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps children develop the skills to be successful at play, activities of daily living, and learning experiences. Learn More

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps children gain critical skills related to independent mobility and gross motor functioning. Learn More

Speech/Language Therapy

Speech/language therapy helps children develop the skills to effectively interact and communicate with those around them. Learn More

Social Work Services

Family support and counseling are a great resource to strengthen families and children. Learn More

Neurofeedback Therapy

Neurofeedback therapy addresses a variety of symptoms and disorders to establish more efficient patterns of activity. Learn More

Social Skills Groups

Social Skills Groups help children build relationships with peers and develop important social pragmatic skills. 
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