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we specialize in Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy focuses on a child’s ability to participate in daily activities and routines in their home, school and community…

Occupational Therapy

The ultimate goal of an Occupational Therapist is to increase independence in Activities of Daily Living (ADL).  In doing so,…

Speech Therapy

Pediatric speech and language therapy focuses on your child’s communication skills by addressing speech, language, and play and interaction development. …

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Physiotherapy Services

Gross and Fine Motor Development including handwriting

Gross motor skills maneuver large muscle groups coordinating functions for sitting, standing, walking, running, keeping balance and changing positions.Throwing a ball, riding a bike, playing sports, lifting and sitting upright are brief descriptions of large motor movements. Gross motor skills depend upon muscle tone, the contraction of muscles and their strength for positioning movements.

Fine motor skills coordinate precise, small movements involving the hands, wrists, feet, toes, lips and tongue. Features of fine motor control include handwriting, drawing, grasping objects, cutting and controlling a computer mouse. Experts agree that one of the most significant fine motor achievements is picking up a small object with the index finger and thumb referred to as the pincher grip, which usually occurs between 8 and 12 months of age.

Perceptual Skill Development

Two aspects of a child’s growth combine to produce perceptual-motor development. Perception is any process by which children become aware of what is happening around them. Children gain information through their senses-what they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. As babies grow, their senses become sharper and more accurate, and their ability to perceive becomes stronger. They begin to organize their perceptions and make sense of them.

The increasing ability to control the movement of the body is called motor development. Little children learn to move different parts of their bodies as they get involved with the objects and people they perceive. This is called perceptual-motor development. The perceptual-motor process is an “in-out” process, since the information comes in to the mind, which then tells the body how to move in response.

The first years of life are very important in developing good perceptual-motor abilities. Educators call this period the sensori-motor period, because infants and toddlers spend so much time observing and reacting to their world through their senses.

Self-Care Skills

Self care skills are the everyday tasks undertaken to be ready to participate in life activities (including dressing, eating, cleaning teeth and more). They are often referred to as the activities of daily living (ADL’s). While these are typically supported by adults in young children, it is expected that children develop independence in these as they mature

Oral Motor and Swallowing Skills

Oral motor development refers to the use and function of the lips, tongue, jaw, teeth, and the hard and soft palates. The movement and coordination of these structures is very important in speech production, safe swallowing, and consuming various food textures. Normal oral motor development begins prior to birth and continues beyond age three. By age four, most children safely consume solids and liquids without choking.

Meet our doctors

This is our medical physiotherapy team

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Melody D. Hagner, PT, C/NDT

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Merrilee S. Rojas, OTR/L

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Meg Lorenz, COTA/L

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Megan Rae Hollar, MS OTR/L

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It’s very hard to watch your child struggle day to day with simple tasks like walking into a loud restaurant, tying his/her shoes or even just holding a pencil.  My 5 year old is challenged with many sensory issues due to autism.  But he has made huge strides during early intervention therapies and we owe a tremendous amount of his success to Ms Marilee and the staff at Caring Hands.  Occupational therapy at Caring Hands has given him tools to adapt to his surroundings so that he feels more at ease day to day.  His fine motor skills have also improved which has given him more confidence in the classroom.  And he LOVES going every week to “play” with Ms Marilee in the sensory gym.  The staff’s vast knowledge and expertise coupled with their nurturing and loving personalities make it a wonderful place for both children and parents.  As a parent, Caring Hands is also a great resource for answers to any sensory issues we have at home.  They truly care about my child and it shows.
 CS
I can’t say enough great things about how much Caring Hands means to our family. A family oriented setting like theirs is key when your child needs regular therapies for a short or long duration of time. The staff has truly become part of our family and important participants in our child’s growth and care. It has been refreshing to know we can count on Caring Hands as our child’s needs and goals change and to know we can openly discuss care with them at any time.
JE
Love Caring Hands and the excellent work they do there. Everyone is so friendly and nice! Thank each and every one of you. And a big thank you to Miss Candice!

JF

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