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Occupational Therapy

WHO WE ARE: 

The John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC) Occupational Therapy team consists of Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Occupational Therapy Assistants and Aides who provide assessment, treatment and consultation for children and youth to improve or maintain their ability to function and participate in everyday activities.

 These activities may include:
  • Play and school work (productivity)
  • Eating, dressing, bathing, hygiene (self-care)
  • Participating in activities with friends in their community (leisure)

WHAT WE DO:

  • Assessment, treatment and consultation
  • Individual or group therapy combined with parent education and coaching in the areas of:
    • Motor development: Fine and gross motor skills, visual motor, oral motor skills (eating and swallowing)
    • Sensory processing
    • Self-help skills: feeding, dressing, bathing, personal care
    • Play skills 
  • Suggestions for activities to practice at home, school or in the community 
  • Consultation with caregivers, other professionals and supportive personnel who also work with the child
  • Promotion of participation and functioning in the home and community environment
  • Recommendations for home, school and vehicle modifications for accessibility and effective functioning in all environments 
  • Support and training in use of adapted equipment (specialized seating, adaptive utensils, home and vehicle modifications)
OTs work with children/youth and their caregivers to build skills, use adapted equipment (special seating, adapted utensils, pencil grips, bath seats etc.) or modify tasks or the environment (home and vehicle modifications). Intervention focuses on skill development as well as on creating environments that allow the child or youth to participate as fully as possible. Intervention occurs in collaboration with the family and the whole service team. 

Depending on need, therapy services are offered in the Centre, in the community or in the home. 

ELIGIBILITY & REFERRALS: 

Children and youth under the age of 19 and young people between the ages of 19 and 21 who remain in school and reside in Essex County are eligible for OT services. We assist children/youth with any of the following conditions and more.
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Neural tube deficits including Spina Bifida
  • Skeletal (bone) disorders: Achondroplasia, Osteogenesis imperfecta, Arthrogryposis, congenital or traumatic amputation
  • Neuromuscular disorders: Muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy
  • Metabolic, mitochondrial disorders with neurological impairment
  • Cancer
  • Medically fragile
  • Rheumatological issues: juvenile rheumatoid arthritis etc. 
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Developmental delay
  • Fine motor delay
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Feeding difficulties
Completion of the referral form is required to access this service. Health professionals, families and clients can submit a referral. 
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS/
RESSOURCES POUR LES PARENTS ET LES ENSEIGNANTS:

The following helpful Tip Sheets offer practical strategies, activities and information to promote learning and skill development for children. They were created and translated into French through a generous grant from our Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services in partnership with the Ministry of Francophone Affairs.
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES PARENTS:

  Contrôle de la Main
In-Hand Manipulation Manipulation dans la Main
Finger Isolation Dissociation des Doigts
Pre-Cutting Skills (Learning to Use Scissors) Utilisation des Ciseaux
Development of Cutting l’Apprentissage du Découpage
Crossing Midline Croisement de la Ligne Médiane
Developing Pencil Grasp Développement d'une Prise de Crayon
Developing Scissor Skills  

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES ENSEIGNANTS:

In-Hand Manipulation Manipulation dans la Main
Finger Isolation Dissociation des Doigts
Pre-Cutting Skills (Learning to Use Scissors)  
Development of Cutting l’Apprentissage du Découpage
Crossing Midline Croisement de la Ligne Médiane
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES PARENTS:

Letter & Number Formations Formation des Lettres et des Chiffres
Developing Pre-Printing Skills  Développement d’Habiletés de Pré-Écriture
Printing Program Programme d'Ecriture
Journal Strategies for Pre-Printers Stratégies de Modifications pour l’Écriture de Journal
Printing Lines Lignes d’Écriture
Printing Practice at Home S’exercer à Écrire à la Maison
Pencil Grips Adapteurs de Crayon
Alternative Pencil Grips Adapteurs de Crayon Alternatifs
Heavy Pencil Pressure Forte Pression sur le Crayon
Light Pencil Pressure Faible Pression sur le Crayon
Colouring Coloriage
Draw these Lines Déssiner ces Lignes
Draw these Shapes Déssiner ces Formes
Copy these Drawings Copier ces Déssins
Drawing Challenge Déssiner pour s'Amuser

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES ENSEIGNANTS:

Visual Motor Development in the Classroom Développement de la Visuo-Motrice dans la Salle de Classe
Letter & Number Formations Formation des Lettres et des Chiffres
Journal Strategies for Pre-Printers Stratégies de Modifications pour l’Écriture de Journal
Written Work Modifications Modifications des Travaux Écrits
Printing Lines Lignes d’Écriture
Pencil Grips Adapteurs de Crayon
Alternative Pencil Grips Adapteurs de Crayon Alternatifs
Weighted Pencils Crayons à Poids Lourds
Heavy Pencil Pressure Forte Pression sur le Crayon
Light Pencil Pressure Faible Pression sur le Crayon
Colouring Coloriage
Draw these Lines Déssiner ces Lignes
Draw these Shapes Déssiner ces Formes
Copy these Drawings Copier ces Déssins
Drawing Challenge Déssiner pour s'Amuser
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES PARENTS:

Vestibular System Le Système Vestibulaire
Proprioceptive System Le Système Proprioceptif
Heavy Work Suggestions for Home Suggestions d'Activitiés Proprioceptives pour la Maison

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES ENSEIGNANTS:

Vestibular System Le Système Vestibulaire
Proprioceptive System Le Système Proprioceptif
Self-Regulation Strategies in the Classroom Stratégies d'Autorégulation dans la Salle de Classe
Integrating Movement in the Classroom Intégration du Mouvement dans la Salle de Classe
Heavy Work Suggestions for the Classroom Suggestions d’Activités Proprioceptives dans la Salle de Classe
Core Strength Force du Tronc
Air Cushions Coussin d’Air
Body Socks Chaussettes Corporelles
Rocker Seats Chaises Berçantes
Wobble Stools Tabourets Oscillants
Weighted Animals & Lap Pads Animaux et Coussins de Cuisse Lourds
Weighted Vests Vestes Lourdes
Compression Vests Vestes de Pression Profonde
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES PARENTS:

Preparing for JK Se Préparer pour la Maternelle
Preparing for SK Se Préparer pour le Jardin
Preparing for Grade One Se Préparer pour la Première Année
Preparing for Grade Two Se Préparer pour la Deuxième Année
Fine Motor & Self-Care Checklist: Ages 3-4 Développement de la Motricité Fine chez les Enfants de 3-4 ans
Fine Motor & Self-Care Checklist: Age 4 Développement de la Motricité Fine chez les Enfants de 4 ans
Fine Motor & Self-Care Checklist: Age 5 Développement de la Motricité Fine chez les Enfants de 5 ans
Fine Motor & Self-Care Checklist: Age 6 Développement de la Motricité Fine chez les Enfants de 6 ans

RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS:

RESSOURCES POUR LES ENSEIGNANTS:

Setting Up Your Kindergarten Classroom Préparation de Votre Salle de Classe : Maternelle
Setting Up Your Grade One Classroom Préparation de Votre Salle de Classe : Première Année
Setting Up Your Grade Two Classroom Préparation de Votre Salle de Classe : Deuxième Année
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

Button Skills
Zipper Skills
Shoelace Tying Skills
Toilet Training
Wiping after Toileting
 

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

Visual Memory

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