What is Occupational Therapy?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) promotes the function, development, and engagement of infants and toddlers by addressing areas of occupations such as play, education, self-care, social participation, and rest and sleep. They assist children with their fine motor skills, which involve the small muscles of the body. These skills include reaching, grasping, using both hands together, and self-help skills such as self-feeding, dressing, and hygiene. An OT may also be helpful with feeding difficulties that involve the small muscles of the face and mouth, developing skills involving eye-hand coordination, and sensory-integration issues. The OT can assist in making recommendations for adaptive equipment that may be needed.
STARS has a dedicated team of therapists that are committed to providing your child and family with quality early intervention services. STARS’ therapists are state licensed and/or hold a Bachelor, Master, or Doctorate degree in their area of expertise. Continuing education is essential and all therapists are required to complete at least 24 hours of training each year. At STARS, we recognize that parents and caregivers know their children better than anyone, and are committed to making family/caregivers an integral part of treatment sessions.
Physical Therapy can support families in promoting their child’s development, learning, and participation in family and community life.
Speech Therapy can assist families in helping their child participate in all activities and routines of daily life.
A teacher of the visually impaired works with children who have visual loss or a brain based Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).
Behavioral support provides families, caregivers, and others with positive strategies to help with social-emotional and/or communication skills.
A Registered Dietician (RD) or Registered Nurse (RN) will complete a comprehensive nutritional assessment and develop a plan to meet a child’s nutritional needs.