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Occupational Therapists (OT) at Lansdowne Children's Centre work with children and their families to help improve skills and participation in daily activities. OT focuses on fine motor skills, typically thought of as the use of hands and upper extremities. Fine motor skills include activities such as reaching, grasping and manipulating objects with your hands, and can also involve vision, specifically visual motor skills, often referred to as hand-eye coordination. What are examples of challenges addressed with Occupational Therapy? Feeding (using a fork or spoon or cup) self-care (getting dressed, brushing hair, brushing teeth) playing (gripping toys, stacking blocks) printing and drawing (using a pencil or crayon) cutting with scissors (using tools effectively) emotional regulation (getting calm, alert, and ready to learn, play and/or interact with others)
Children living in Brantford, Brant County, Haldimand County, Norfolk County, Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, may be eligible for Community Based Rehabilitation Services (CBRS) from birth through to their 19th birthday. Services are provided at our main location in Brantford (Brant County), and/or in Simcoe (Norfolk County), Caledonia and Dunnville (Haldimand County).
Goals, Skills and Keywords
Once a referral to Community Based (CBRS) Occupational Therapy Services has been completed, your child will be placed on an Assessment Waitlist. Our team will contact you to book your appointment when your turn comes. Your initial phone call conversation often includes questions that help to provide your occupational therapist with important information, to help gain understanding of your child’s strengths and interests as well as areas of need. Your first appointment may be a face-to-face assessment or a parent/caregiver interview. A follow-up appointment may be provided for observation in a natural setting, such as your child's home, school or daycare. The type of assessment will depend on your unique concerns, the reason for the referral, and by where your child fits best within our care pathways. Your occupational therapist will review findings with you, develop goals with you and will help to determine the best plan of intervention and assistance. Your service plan may include parent education sessions, group programming and/or “individual sessions” that are more focused to target your child’s specific goals.
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