‘Ohana OT treats the ROOT of the problem
We address the underlying causes that are impacting your child’s attention and behavior problems such as the powerful hidden body senses of movement and position which affect our ability to tolerate and interact with the world around us. Other common underlying problems include core strength, coordination and balance which impact your child’s ability to be calm and focused.
‘Ohana OT works directly on the ACTUAL activity your child needs help with
This use of meaningful therapeutic activity is a cornerstone of OT. We help with the task by actually doing the task. We work on everything from brushing teeth to being able to go out in public to a restaurant . Common activities and tasks we work on include: handwriting, tying shoes, riding a bike, feeding / eating, playing with peers, dressing , toileting and learning to ride a bus.
‘Ohana OT makes the hard work FUN!
We use a “Child Directed” approach which taps into your child’s inner drive and creativity. We let them take the lead in play by choosing activities and themes. If you child comes in wanting to be a pirate we go with it while addressing the goals of the session at the same time. For example, with the pirate theme if we wanted to work on balance we would turn a swing into an imaginary boat and “walk the plank” with a balance beam. We are always working to expand their play skills. With older children it is common for them to come in with a design plan for an amazing obstacle course. If we have done our job well you child leaves feeling like all they did was play while at the same time we made progress on their goals.
‘Ohana OT adapts the environment for success!
We are highly skilled and creative problem solvers. For example we consider the size and stimuli of the room we are working in for maximum success and have extensive knowledge of specialized adaptive equipment products for special needs (e.g. wheelchairs, bathroom equipment, splints, special grips, special swings, adapted toys etc. ).
‘Ohana OT makes it SOCIAL!
Our clinic provides opportunities for spontaneous play with peers for the just right amount of time (from a few minutes to the whole session) because we have several smaller rooms and a large sensory gym allowing easy flow between spaces keeping the stimulation correct amount for your child. We also have a Jr. OT Aide program specifically for peer modeling. Parents are always present and have to opportunity to connect, support each other and create new friendships.
‘Ohana OT also uses the “Therapeutic use of self” approach
We form true bonds with our kids and families. We are highly aware of our use of body language, voice, and use of language to give the just right amount of help and cuing to ensure success. We are constantly making adjustments to the task and our input to make it not too hard and not too easy. Our goals is that your child is successful with new challenges that increase in difficulty throughout the session.
The result of these 6 secrets is that your child is
HAPPY and SUCCESSFUL!
Mary Kostka is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in Sensory Processing Disorder at her private practice, ‘Ohana Occupational Therapy, LLC, in Wenatchee and Leavenworth Washington.