FREQEUNTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Occupational Therapists facilitate the development of the "small" muscle groups. These small muscles are throughout the body and help children accomplish many tasks like reaching, pointing, grasping, writing, and activities of daily living (dressing, toileting, tooth brushing, etc). These small muscles also control vision and visual perception. Occupational Therapists also help children with sensory integration (SI). SI is the how the body and brain work together to receive information from various sensory modes (touch, sound, taste, smell, etc.) and then process that information in an effective functional way. Bellevue Pediatric Therapy's occupational therapists assess each child's individual and developmental needs and develop a motor, sensory, visual, or multi-modality play activities to teach children with OT needs.
How long will my child need therapy?
Each child's needs are individual. Many children have complex need that may take years of therapy. However, many children only need a push in the right direction and they begin to learn on their own. As much as we would like to be able to tell parents how long therapy will be needed, this is something that can't be determined through a standard equation.
Are there things that I can do at home to help my child?
Absolutely! At Bellevue Pediatric Therapy, parent and caregiver participation is required. A child's family and community are the most important interventionists in their life. Our therapists teach the family what they can do at home for their children. We realize that we may only see your child for 1-2 hours a week, while you are with them all the time. Bellevue Pediatric Therapy's therapists are trained to teach parents how to incorporate "therapeutic" activities into each child's daily life.
How do I get my child services?
You can contact Bellevue Pediatric Therapy to make a referral. Other sources for services in the community are your family doctor and your local school district.
What disabilities or developmental delays does your center provide therapy services for?
Bellevue Pediatric Therapy's team of specialists have expertise addressing the therapeutic needs of children ranging in age from infancy to adolescence.
What credentials does your therapists carry?
Bellevue Pediatric Therapy believes in professional excellence through education. All therapists continue their education through post-graduate courses in their specific disciplines and are licensed and/or certified by their respective state and national professional organizations.
How do I know when my child is ready to be discharged from therapy?
A child may be discharged from therapy when they achieve their functional potential as related to their therapeutic intervention, or if it is determined that they are no longer benefiting from the service.
What is IFSP?
An Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) is a written plan for providing early intervention services to a child (birth to three) and their family who is eligible for services under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Code of Federal Regulations 34 Part 303. Family and professional collaboration and partnerships are key elements to implementation of the IFSP process that focuses on family centered care.