Empowering Progress Through Play-Based Therapy for Kids

At the Children’s Autism Center (CAC), we embrace an integrative approach to helping children of all ages and abilities do the things they want and need to do.

Our occupational therapy program helps children work through daily activities in a playful and educational manner. Through the use of meaningful and evidence-based strategies, we support strong child development in a manner that’s safe and fun!

Every therapy participant receives an individualized evaluation and treatment plan – but we also want the parents to be involved. We’ll work closely with your family to keep things on track, schedule regular meetings, and find the right approach for your child’s unique needs.

Little girl playing with blocks.

Benefits of Pediatric Occupational Therapy

This form of developmental therapy focuses on helping children build essential skills for daily life activities. Through tailored interventions and activities, therapists support patients as they overcome challenges related to physical, cognitive, sensory, or emotional development, fostering positive growth and well-being.

When led by a trained pediatric occupational therapist, this model employs evidence-based strategies to…

  • Enhance motor development
  • Improve independence
  • Assist with sensory processing
  • Build strong social skills
  • Promote academic achievement
  • Address behavioral challenges

Occupational Therapy Programs

Early Childhood

Through strategic occupational therapy for daily activities, we tackle developmental challenges starting during the critical stages of early development.

Childhood & Adolescence

As children with developmental difficulties grow, their needs and challenges evolve. Our therapeutic activities for children provide specific, age-appropriate interventions.

Early Adulthood

Occupational therapy can still hold benefits for preteens and teens. Our program welcomes individuals transitioning into adulthood and working toward greater independence.

FAQs About Occupational Therapy

Our non-profit organization offers comprehensive autism therapy services for a wide range of ages, as well as guidance and tips for parents. These services are available in many locations, including clinics, homes, schools, and even in some telehealth settings.

How does occupational therapy help with daily living activities?

Occupational therapy involves assessing children’s abilities and challenges related to certain daily tasks. These could include things like dressing, bathing, grooming, and meal preparation.

Our occupational therapists develop personalized strategies to improve these skills and maximize children’s independence and participation. Through targeted interventions and training, this therapy model can enhance functional abilities and foster confidence, ultimately improving young participants’ quality of life.

What age groups can benefit from pediatric occupational therapy?

We’ve found that this form of therapy can benefit children of various age groups, ranging from infants to adolescents.

Infants may benefit from early intervention to address developmental delays or sensory processing issues, while toddlers and preschoolers can build foundational skills such as fine and gross motor skills, sensory integration, and social interaction.

School-aged children and adolescents may benefit from occupational therapy to improve academic performance, social skills, emotional regulation, and independence in activities of daily living.

How long does occupational therapy usually last?

The duration of occupational therapy tends to vary from child to child and can depend on many factors, including the individual’s needs, goals, and the severity of their condition.

Some children may require only a few sessions to address specific challenges, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy over several months or even years. Our therapists work closely with parents to adopt a collaborative approach and determine the appropriate length of treatment.

Does insurance usually cover occupational therapy for autism?

Insurance policies sometimes cover therapy for children with disabilities, but it depends on the specific plan and provider. Speak with your child’s current healthcare provider and insurance company to learn more. Ask about coverage, co-pays, and any requirements for referrals or documentation.

What role do parents play in pediatric occupational therapy?

We keep every parent in the loop from start to finish. That means we’ll consistently update you on your child’s occupational therapy activities, progress, and challenges. The more we can openly discuss your child’s needs, the better we can tailor their treatment plan.

What happens if your child doesn’t respond well to occupational therapy?

In the unlikely event that a child responds poorly to occupational therapy, our team will assess and adjust the treatment plan accordingly. This may involve modifying goals, strategies, and interventions or switching to another method of autism spectrum disorder therapy.

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Reach Out to the CAC Team

For over two decades, our non-profit organization has worked closely with families impacted by autism. We’ve gained many years of experience, and we know what works (and what usually doesn’t).

If you don’t know where to begin, get in touch. The CAC team will guide you toward the best adaptive therapy and support medium for your child.

Locations
A CAC staff member is playing games with patients.

See Our Virtual Tour

If you think occupational therapy might be beneficial for your child, we invite you to explore our virtual tour. Additionally, we’re happy to arrange an in-person visit to our treatment environment. This visit will also allow you to meet our skilled CAC therapists and staff.

Virtual Tour
Inside of the Coventry CAC facility.

Sign Up & Begin Treatment

Once you’re ready, we’ll help you select the appropriate program, enroll, and start your child in therapy. Our autism therapists and experts will be with you every step of the way, answering your questions and supporting your family.

Contact Us
Contact our Intake Coordinator for more information.

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