Occupational Therapy

Occupational TherapyOur Occupational Therapy staff focuses on children and young adults. The occupations of infants include sleeping, eating and exploration of their physical, social and cultural worlds. As we grow, we add occupations such as play, socialization, self-maintenance, and school. Adolescent and young adult occupations also add preparation for adult employment, forming intimate relationships, social engagement and community involvement, and managing tasks of life independently such as money management and transportation.

At Functional Kids Clinic we start with the idea that play is children’s work. We believe the best results will come when children participate in activities that are engaging and meaningful to them. That often includes play. Our treatment spaces are set up to be motivating and encourage climbing (for strengthening, body control, and calming) and swinging (for calming, regulating/organizing our body, coordination, postural control and balance), to name just a couple.  Our highly skilled therapists strive to meet the "just right challenge" while building confidence and motor development.

We effectively evaluate and treat children who have medical diagnoses or symptoms of Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD-NOS), Asperger's Syndrome, ADD/ADHD, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, Development delays, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Failure to thrive or Feeding Disorders and Sensory Processing Disorder. We also treat children with subtle symptoms that are interfering or disrupting with daily life.

The occupational therapists at Functional Kids Clinic have a broad range of training, experience and, when appropriate, certification in many different treatment approaches.

Occupational TtherapyThese Include:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental ADL (IADL) training
  • Gross and Fine Motor skills development
  • Neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Sensory processing and modulation skills
  • Postural motor skills
  • Motor planning (praxis) building
  • Perceptual and Visual Motor Integration
  • Handwriting & pre-academic skills
  • Building social skills and relationships/friendships
  • Oral motor and feeding skills

Specific programs we are trained to use:

  • Wilbarger Touch Pressure Protocol
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Interactive Listening Program (iLs)
  • Berard Auditory Integration Training (AIT)
  • Kawar Protocol/Astronaut Training
  • Interactive Metronome (IM)
  • CranioSacral Treatment (CST)
  • Brain Gym (Educational Kinesiology)
  • Bal-a-vis-x (BALance-Auditory-VISual-eXercises)
  • Sequential-Oral-Sensory Feeding (SOS)
  • Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
  • Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests - SIPT evaluation tool.
  • Motor-Oral-Respiration-Eyes (M.O.R.E.)
  • Alert Program - How Does Your Engine Run?
  • Reflex Integration
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Handwriting without Tears

Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

An intense sound therapy used to address vestibular dysfunction, gravitational insecurity, auditory defensiveness and attention/focus difficulties. The client receives two 30-minute sessions of sound therapy through headphones per day, for 10 days. The frequency and intensity of this program helps the client to make improvements in a variety of area including, but not limited to: sensory defensiveness, language, regulation, socio-emotional development, eye-hand coordination, balance, and auditory filtering.

Reflex Integration

Reflex Integration primitive reflexes are automatic, stereotypical movements that develop prior to birth and shortly after. When these reflex patterns are not expressed and integrated, development can be compromised. Our therapists are trained in reflex integration testing and integration patterns used by Svetlana Masgutova, PhD as well as Sheila Frick, OTR. Through reflex integration, clients are able to improve motor patterns, decrease sensory defensiveness, and improve modulation and regulation.

Our Occupational Therapy Team also provides therapy services at Healing Waters in Hudson, Wisconsin.

2705 Enloe Street
Hudson, WI 54106
(715) 690-2600