Occupational Therapy Services in San Diego
Have you noticed your child struggling with some of the following issues?
- Avoids crowds and noisy places
- Appears unreactive and slow
- Excessive fidgeting
- Seeks or makes loud, disturbing noises
- Sucks on or bites clothing, fingers, pencils, etc.
- Demonstrating poor motor skills or handwriting
- Drops things constantly
Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) typically have problems with motor skills as well as issues developing the coping abilities needed for success in school and social situations. As a result, they often become socially isolated and suffer from low self-esteem, social anxiety, and even depression. SPD is commonly seen in children with autism and our treatment can be tailored to meet both of these needs. Effective treatment for SPD is available, but far too many children with sensory symptoms are misdiagnosed and not properly treated. If left untreated into adulthood, SPD can affect an individual’s ability to succeed in work, romantic relationships, and high-stress social situations.
Individualized Therapy for Children
Here at FITS, we offer individualized, one-on-one occupational therapy for your child to address their specific needs. Our therapists can meet with your child in our offices or follow them into their school, work or home to better understand their environmental barriers. We’re dedicated to meeting the needs of your child and we can schedule to meet once a month, once a week, or once a day.
SPD leads to motor clumsiness and proprioceptive issues, which can in turn lead to difficulty holding a pen. The inability to firmly grasp a pen can cause problems when writing or gauging the correct shapes of letters. If left unaddressed, handwriting deficits may hinder your child’s progression in school and/or self-expression.
Difficulties with balance and coordination can be significant hindrances to your child’s daily life. Coordination and Balance are a critical component of childhood.Whether they have trouble with falling or dropping items frequently, our occupational therapy can help solidify their balance and improve their motor skills.
Sometimes SPD leads to adverse mental health issues like anxiety. Anxiety in children can lead to difficulties focusing and constant worrying.. We can help your child identify stimuli that are making them anxious in their environment and teach them evidence-based strategies to reduce their stress and lead happier lives.