Occupational Therapy (OT) puts the “fun” back into functional by providing skilled treatment to help infants,
children or adolescents to perform functionally and to achieve/restore mobility at the highest level possible.

Check out our NEW OT and ST
Visual and Academic Track

Our specialized OT program is used to assess and treat the ‘underlying causes’ of poor attention, learning difficulties, uncontrolled behavior, and ADHD in the classroom and home. Therapist will evaluate each child for retained primitive reflexes, visual motor and perceptual development and executive functioning skills.

There is so much more to vision than just 20:20 vision or correction with lenses. Did you know there are 17 visual skills required to complete a reading and writing task. According the American Optometry Association, 1-in-4 students have vision problems that are significant enough to impact their learning.

Reflexes (or lack of them) can directly affect a child’s ability to sustain attention, control body movements and succeed in seated work in a busy environment.

80 percent of all learning comes through the visual pathways. Without efficient visual skills a child will show difficulty with reading, writing, attention, organization, math, sports, social skills, attention, coordination and so much more!

Does your child show five or more of these actions?

 

  • Reverses letters in words
  • Messy eating 
  • Poor handwriting
  • Clumsy
  • Sits with legs in a ‘W’ shape
  • Poor attention
  • Constantly fidgeting
  • Frequent open-mouth posture when working
  • Loses place frequently while reading
  • Difficulty copying from the board 
  • Falls asleep while reading or writing 
  • Is able to read but shows poor comprehension
  • Is better at oral exams than written tests
  • Difficulty learning to swim or ride a bike
  • Excessively tired and/or emotional at the end of the school day

The occupational therapist addresses the treatment and management of infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Pediatric occupational therapy provides skilled treatment for infants and children who need special help developing or regaining functional skills such as self-care and activity of daily living (ADL) skills, feeding and oral-motor difficulties, play and social skills.

Occupational therapy is also indicated for children having difficulties with upper extremity orthopedic/neurological injury, splinting and positioning needs, home accessibility evaluations, motor planning / visual motor control, sensory integration dysfunction, school functional assessments including handwriting. The occupational therapist provides individualized assessment and often early detection of physical challenges. Treatments are play-based and are unique to the developmental level of each child. As with most problems in life, the sooner they are detected and addressed, the higher the success rate. This is especially true for children with special needs.

We can help you address a functional difficulty before it causes a reduction in functional abilities, low self-esteem, poor school performance, or strained peer and family relationships.

Elite Therapy Center’s occupational and physical therapy is provided through Elite Therapy Services. Pediatric occupational therapy provides skilled treatment for infants and children who need special  help developing or regaining functional skills such as self-care and activity of daily living (ADL) skills, feeding and oral-motor difficulties, play and social skills. We offer encouragement and celebrate in each client’s success. Remember: Early detection and intervention are key. If you have any concerns, please contact us.

Check to see if your child is hitting motor milestones:

Motor Milestones

Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into responses. For those with Sensory Processing Disorder, sensory information goes into the brain but does not get organized into appropriate responses. Those with SPD perceive and/or respond to sensory information differently than most other people. Unlike people who have impaired sight or hearing, those with Sensory Processing Disorder do detect the sensory information; however, the sensory information gets “mixed up” in their brain and therefore the responses are inappropriate in the context in which they find themselves.

Sensory Processing Disorder or SPD (originally called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses.  A more formal definition is: SPD is a neurophysiologic condition in which sensory input either from the environment or from one’s body is poorly detected, modulated, or interpreted and/or to which atypical responses are observed. Pioneering occupational therapist, psychologist, and neuroscientist A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D., likened SPD to a neurological “traffic jam” that prevents certain parts of the brain from receiving the information needed to interpret sensory information correctly.

For more information from SPD: http://www.spdfoundation.net/about-sensory-processing-disorder/symptoms/

Sensory Motor Lab

Elite Therapy Center owner and director of Occupational Therapy, Kari McKown, MOT, OTR, works with schools and other pediatric organizations to help build sensory friendly motor labs. This unique lab is designed to provide a safe and dynamic sensory fulfillment for children in the classroom or learning environment. Each activity area is equipped with sensory items or activities catered to an educator’s specific need. Big or small, the motor lab is used as an additional tool for kids of all ages and abilities.

>> Interested in a motor lab for your classroom? Contact us today!

Meet our Occupational Therapy Team

Holly Montgomery, MSOT, OTR

Holly Montgomery, MSOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Lead Therapist

Jessica White, MOT, OTR

Jessica White, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Morgan Snyder, MOT, OTR

Morgan Snyder, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Kelley Delver, COTA

Kelley Delver, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kendle Fletcher, COTA

Kendle Fletcher, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Kristen Casto, MOT-OTR

Kristen Casto, MOT-OTR

Occupational Therapist

Lead Therapist

Kaylen Echols, MOT

Kaylen Echols, MOT

Occupational Therapist

Kelsey Cates, COTA

Kelsey Cates, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emma Hanson, MOT, OTR

Emma Hanson, MOT, OTR

Occupational Therapist

Stephanie Aldridge, MOT-OTR

Stephanie Aldridge, MOT-OTR

Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth 'Liz' Chase, COTA

Elizabeth 'Liz' Chase, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Gabriella Segura, COTA

Gabriella Segura, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Rachel Kirk, COTA

Rachel Kirk, COTA

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emily Kirby, MOT

Emily Kirby, MOT

Occupational Therapist

Bailey King, COTA

Bailey King, COTA

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant

Hailee Haney, MOT, OT

Hailee Haney, MOT, OT

Occupational Therapist

Haley Ochoa

Haley Ochoa

Occupational Therapist