Occupational Therapy

Our pediatric occupational therapists (OT) provide skilled treatment to help children achieve independence in all parts of their lives. They specialize in developing skills for the many “jobs” associated with life as a child.  Occupational therapists have either a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in occupational therapy, they have passed a national board examination, and are licensed to provide services in Kentucky.

Specialized evaluation and treatment is provided in the following areas:

Self-care skills
Hand skills/splinting
Postural control
Visual perception
Sensory regulation
Visual-motor integration
Social skills
Emotional regulation
Play skills
Pre-writing and handwriting skills
Fine Motor Coordination and Strengthening
Sensory Processing

Feeding (picky eating and problem feeding)
Listening Disorders
Developmental Delay
Handwriting Skills
Self-Care Skill Independence
Attention Deficits
Social Skill Deficits
Visual Motor Integration
Perceptual Processing
Bilateral Motor Integration
Adaptive Equipment Training
Anxiety and Depression

Occupational Therapy

Promotes independence with everyday tasks 

Facilitates development of fine motor skills and developmental milestones

Addresses sensory processing, visual-perceptual coordination, toileting and hygiene, feeding and oral-motor therapy, and other self-help skills

Considers socialization and emotional development, language and communication, and attention and cognitive abilities

Uses splinting and bracing and other assistive technologies to improve handwriting, dressing, and other activities of daily living

Works closely with counselors to improve attention, anxiety or depression

At Marshall Pediatric Therapy, we have a large gym with specialized equipment that provides sensory input that is designed to either “wake up” , “calm down” or organize a child’s sensory system.

Indicators your child may need

occupational therapy

Doesn’t bring his/her hands together or reach for a toy by 6 months

Unable to pick up something small like cereal with thumb and finger by 11 months

Does not seem able to “play” well with children his/her age; prefers to play with younger children or alone

Unable to cut paper in a controlled manner by 3 ½ years

Is easily upset, does not like to be touched, seems to avoid experiences that are loud, places that are crowded, busy environments, etc.

Unable to copy shapes by age 4 or letters by age 5


Has more difficulty than other children his/her age with participating in or changing from one activity to another, typically resulting in tantrum behavior

Unable to button or unbutton by age 5 or has difficulty with other self care activities

Bathing, hair washing, getting dressed, wearing certain clothes or nail clipping results in a “fight”

Is constantly touching things, is very active and cannot seem to focus on a task to the point that getting through daily routines is difficult. Child may not be able to keep their hands to themselves, or may deliberately run into other kids, the furniture, etc.


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