Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy provides holistic support for activities of daily living. When dealing with pediatrics, specifically it means assisting babies with feeding, milestone development, motor skills, and more.
West End Mamas Toronto and Newmarket offers an Occupational-Therapist led group mom and baby class called ‘Baby Steps’; this class may be covered by your insurance! These groups are a perfect opportunity to meet other parents in the community and support one another. The occupational therapist provides education and support to parents by leading discussions in a baby’s typical development with motor, sensory, sleep, feeding, play and co-regulation skills and assist parents to navigate the challenges in each of these areas.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy: helping your child meet their milestones
Pediatric Occupational Therapy York Region
Welcoming a baby into the family is incredible, but it can certainly come with its own unique challenges. All babies are different and as parents gradually learn about their baby there can be many questions and worries.
In-Office Pediatric Occupational Therapy services are available at our Newmarket location. An occupational therapist can work with your baby, one-on-one, to assess and address any concerns regarding your baby’s motor development, feeding skills, play skills, and other physical and neurological development.
Occupational Therapy is suitable for the following conditions
- Strategies to address challenges transitioning to solid foods
- Strategies and therapy for babies who have sensory sensitivities
- Exercises and play for babies with motor development delays
- Strategies to minimize plagiocephaly/flat head syndrome
- Stretches and exercises for torticollis
- …and more!
We can help your little one develop and grow optimally
Common questions about occupational therapy
Do I need a referral?
You do not need a referral to see an occupational therapist. If you have concerns about your baby’s development and believe an occupational therapist can address them, feel free to contact the therapist to discuss the possibility of an assessment.
If you have insurance and are concerned about insurance coverage for this service, please check with your insurance company for details.
What can I expect on the first visit?
During the first visit, your occupational therapist will spend some time reviewing your baby’s medical history and your concerns. An assessment of the baby’s skills will be completed by a combination of formal testing, observations through play. At the end of the session the therapist will provide an analysis of the assessment and provide some treatment options. Treatment is always in collaboration with the family and can include returning for therapy or a home program.
What can I expect during follow-up sessions?
Follow-up sessions can vary depending on the treatment plan for the baby. Baby’s who are returning for therapy will work one-on-one with the therapist to develop skills and parents can observe and practice these hands on techniques. Some baby’s will be re-assessed and introduced to new activities for a home program. Everything is tailored to meet the family’s and baby’s needs!
West End Mamas works with insurance companies to do online billing for treatments, whenever possible. Simply ask if your insurance company is compliant when you book your appointment.