Enhance a child’s ability to successfully participate in meaningful activities that occupy their day through the use of evidence-based, holistic therapeutic interventions.
What is Occupational Therapy?
How Do I Know If My Child Needs OT?
There are many ways OT might help your child. The core of OT is to promote participation. If you have concerns about your child’s development, sensory needs, or other daily challenges, you might want to get an evaluation!
Meet Occupational Therapist, Dr. Tristen Taylan
Dr. Tristen Taylan, OTD, OTR/L is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who graduated from the Doctorate program at West Coast University in 2020. In 2014, she graduated from California State University, Northridge with her bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Development. Tristen has over 10 years of personal experience working with children and adolescents and as a paraprofessional in the school setting. She loves working with kids of all ages and looks forward to continuing her career as a Pediatric Occupational Therapist!
Being one of six kids in her family, Tristen understands and values the unique needs of each individual, while also working together to function as a whole family. She enjoys collaborating with each family to meet their specific needs. Tristen strives to help others reach their highest potential possible through her dedication and enthusiastic outlook on life!
How To Get Started With OT Services
An occupational therapist will evaluate your child (as well as the environment and the task or activity) and, with additional input from you, develop individualized goals that address resuming or pursuing things that are important to your child and family. You and the occupational therapist will then work together on an individualized intervention plan to help improve or maintain your child’s ability to perform daily activities and reach those goals. This plan will take into account what your child wants and needs to do, as well as his or her abilities, which may include modifying both the task and the environment to allow your child to be as independent as possible.
After the initial evaluation, the occupational therapist will be able to make the recommendation as to how many hours are appropriate to meet the specific needs of the child. Typically, children may receive OT services 1 to 3 times a week between 30 and 60 minutes each session. A child may receive OT services up to 21 years of age. As children develop rapidly, a child is usually reevaluated to determine the need for OT services every 6 months to 1 year of treatment. Each OT treatment session is tailored to meet the client’s specific needs and interests, which may include a wide variety of play and movement-based activities with swings, scooters, therapy balls, table-top activities, and more! Occupational therapists are skilled in finding the “just right challenge” for clients to improve their abilities and progress toward their goals.
Contact the HHBS Administrative Office today to inquire about occupational therapy services for your child!