Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy services offered in
Palatine and Chicago, IL and Kensington, MD

Occupational Therapy

If your child struggles to pay attention, write, cut, get dressed, ride a bike, or participate in age appropriate fine motor and gross motor activities, take advantage of occupational therapy at Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy, with locations in Palatine and Chicago, Illinois and Kensington, Maryland.  The Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy team provide this service to enhance fine motor development, gross motor development, and emotional regulation to help children and teenagers flourish. Request an evaluation by calling the office or using the online booking feature today.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy at Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy utilizes a profound understanding of child development. It takes a neuro-affirming approach to improving fine motor skills, gorss motor skills, coordination, emotional regulation and exeutive functions involved in everyday tasks.

The practice celebrates and embraces the unique abilities and strengths of children, teenagers, and young adults. Its compassionate therapists recognize that neurodiversity is a valuable, natural aspect of human diversity.

The dedicated Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy team of occupational therapists fosters a supportive, inclusive environment that allows children to thrive.

What are the benefits of occupational therapy?

The Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy team uses evidence-based treatments with a keen awareness of individual differences. They tailor interventions to address patients’ specific preferences and needs.

The therapists take a holistic approach to care, considering developmental milestones and the diverse ways children process information. Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy collaborates with families to empower and support children and teens, allowing them to reach their full potential. The practice promotes resilience, independence, and a sense of accomplishment. 

What can occupational therapy help improve in children or teens?

Occupational therapy at Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy is play-based and child-centered, following each child’s lead. It can improve:

  • Handwriting
  • Grip strength
  • Grasping
  • Feeding
  • Sensory processing
  • Social-emotional development
  • Visual processing
  • Fine motor delays
  • Motor coordination and planning
  • Toileting
  • Dressing
  • Self-help skills
  • Visual motor challenges

Occupational therapy allows children to lead healthy, effective, fulfilling lives by removing barriers to their success. 

What should I expect during occupational therapy sessions?

Occupational therapy sessions at Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy are typically 50-minute sessions held Monday through Saturday. Your child might complete therapy once or twice weekly. During each session, they participate in games and fun play designed with their goals in mind. 

Each activity has a specific purpose such as improving children’s fine motor skills, strength, attention, or ability to complete simple everyday tasks.

Parents and other caregivers are welcome to attend occupational therapy sessions with children to spend positive, intentional time together, observe real-time progression, and learn effective interventions to use at home. Doing specific at-home activities can speed up a child’s progress.

Schedule an occupational therapy evaluation at Express Yourself Pediatric Therapy by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.