Occupational Therapy For Kids in San Jose, CA

Our Clinical Approach at AVCTC

At AVCTC, we believe that children’s behaviors are their best available way to communicate their state of regulation and/or current abilities. We have tossed aside the common notion that children primarily use behavior either to get something, or to get out of something, as the scientific community now recognizes that there is a lot more to children’s behavior than meets the eye.

  • As a parent, have you watched your child struggle at home or at school but haven’t quite been able to put your finger on what is causing their challenges?
  • Have you noticed these difficulties are starting to affect their self-confidence and willingness to try hard things?
  • Does your child have big reactions and become upset easily and you don’t know how to help them?
  • Have you had a hunch for years that “something just isn’t right” with your child but doctors and teachers have told you your child will grow out of it?

Skills Children Develop Through Play

Play is a Child’s Primary Occupation

When I meet someone new and tell them I am an occupational therapist and that I work with kids, it never fails, I get some funny looks and responses…

“No, I do not help kids find jobs or work on their resumes.”

In the field of occupational therapy, the term “occupation” refers to meaningful activities that we need and want to do. Childhood occupations include learning, playing, navigating thier environment through movement, eating, sleeping, and more.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, “It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. It is a child’s ‘job’ or ‘occupation’ to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.”

At AVCTC we believe that children learn, grow and develop through play and as such it is our primary means of working with children. It is important to note that our play is very purposeful and intentional. At all times during our “play”ful interaction with a child, there is a reason we are doing what we are doing. Sometimes it’s to build rapport, sometimes it’s to build a skill, sometimes it is to regulate their nervous system and sometimes it’s to build motivation.

If this sounds like a good fit for your family, we would love to connect.

All human beings are active seekers of knowledge and play is an integral facet of this ongoing quest. The pedagogical value of play does not lie in its use as a way to teach children a specific set of skills through structured activities called "play." Rather, play is valuable for children primarily as a medium for development and learning.
- Dr. Doris Bergen

Occupational Therapy FAQ's

An occupational therapist or OT can help children with ADHD improve:

Organization skills
Physical coordination
Ability to manage everyday tasks -- such as organizing their backpack, taking a shower, or making their bed
They can also help children to control their energy levels, hyperactivity, etc.

Occupational therapists typically hold a master's degree, are certified in their field, and are licensed to practice in their state.

An Occupational Therapist might work in a clinic, private practice, or hospital, and some OTs are even based at a school.

Occupational therapy practitioners address sensory issues in children and equip parents to manage their child's behavior more successfully. Sensory processing issues can explain why children with autism may not like noise, being touched, or the feel of specific clothing.

Daily living and self care activities 

  • brushing your teeth
  • buttoning clothes
  • using eating utensils

Hand-eye coordination 

  • writing on a classroom chalkboard
  • writing what a teacher puts on the chalkboard in a notebook

Fine motor skills

  • grasping and controlling a pencil
  • cutting with scissors

Occupational therapy assists children in mastering the skills they need for everyday living. For children with behavior disorders, speech and occupational therapy can be the first step in helping to modify problem behaviors.

Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners enable children to live life to its fullest by helping promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Comprehensive Therapy Evaluations
Individualised Therapy Services
Complimentary Screenings

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