We provide Occupational Therapy for children and adults. Occupational therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.(WFOT 2012)
In addition to medically-based services, Journeys Occupational Therapy, LLC, also provides Wellness Services on a private-pay basis. We are able to provide either clinic-based or community-based services as needed. Interventions may include the following treatment techniques:
SENSORY INTEGRATION is the ability to make use of sensory information from the environment and from within our bodies in order to act in flexible, adaptive ways to changing environmental demands. We provide an in-depth assessment and intervention for movement-related sensory processing challenges (clumsiness, difficulties with motor planning, poor balance, fine motor incoordination) as well as modulation difficulties (efficiently responding to and utilizing tactile, auditory, visual, or movement information).
CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY is a light-touch manual therapy intervention that releases tensions within the body, allowing increased function through freer movement, reductions in pain and anxiety, and improved nervous system flow. Using these techniques, we are able to facilitate the body's ability to self-correct at its own pace. Although a hands-on technique, craniosacral therapy is completed fully clothed, typically lying on a massage table. Our therapists are comfortable modifying these techniques and positions when working with clients of all ages, as well as working with family groups when appropriate. Multiple-hands sessions (two or more therapists) are available upon request. Craniosacral therapy may or may not involve release of emotions held within the body tissues, termed Somato-Emotional Release (SER).
REFLEX INTEGRATION involves observing motor patterns that may be impeding an individual's ability to maximize their skills. Our work is informed by studies of Brain Gym®, Rhythmic Movement Training™, Musgatova Method®, readings of Sally Goddard and Mary Fiorentino's published works, Bal-A-Vis-X™, and more to assist individuals' abilities to move more confidently and freely through space with less effort.
MODULATED MUSIC is often used during sessions and home programs to address coordination, auditory processing, core function, and attention. Based on individual needs and circumstances, either Vital Link's Therapeutic Listening® or Integrated Listening Systems™ (iLS) is recommended.
RHYTHM AND TIMING OF MOVEMENTS including breath control are essential for optimal performance and improved attention. We use a variety of approaches, including adding a simple metronome or chant to a movement activity, utilizing Rhythmic Entrainment Intervention™, and/or Bal-A-Vis-X™ during sessions or home programs.
FINE MOTOR AND HANDWRITING SKILL DEVELOPMENT is often the outcome of building foundational skills in core strength, postural control, and visual-motor control. We individualize and combine approaches from a variety of handwriting methods (First Strokes®, Handwriting Without Tears®, Loops and Other Groups, Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting) to best meet client needs. Our therapists have studied the impact of visual skills on fine motor development, and are able to screen clients to make an appropriate referral to a developmental optometrist.
PARENT SUPPORT and TEACHER INSERVICES: please contact us regarding our availability to speak to your group on a variety of topics.
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