Pediatric Occupational Therapy2024-05-25T02:26:27+00:00

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on assisting children with promoting independence in activities of everyday life.

Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists take great pride in enhancing children and families’ quality of life by facilitating the development of self-regulation, sensory processing, fine motor skills and social skills.

Therapists use evidence based techniques to address fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, self-care, play, and self-regulation. Through tailored activities, they aim to improve independence and participation at home, school, and in the community.

What does pediatric occupational therapy treat or manage?

Pediatric occupational therapy is aimed at addressing a wide range of challenges that children may face in their daily lives. Here are some common areas that pediatric occupational therapy can treat or manage:

  • Fine Motor Skills: Improving hand-eye coordination, dexterity, and control for activities such as writing, drawing, cutting, and using utensils.
  • Gross Motor Skills: Occupational Therapists can assist with coordination and balance for activities like playing on the playground, jumping, and climbing.
  • Sensory Processing: Helping children regulate their responses to sensory input (e.g., touch, sound, movement) to improve attention, behavior, and participation in activities.
  • Self-care Skills: Teaching children how to independently perform tasks such as dressing, grooming, feeding, and toileting.
  • Play Skills: Encouraging engagement in appropriate play activities that promote social interaction, creativity, problem-solving, and motor development.
  • Executive Functioning Skills: Developing abilities such as attention, memory, organization, planning, and problem-solving to support academic success and daily functioning.
  • Emotional Regulation: Assisting children in managing emotions, coping with stress, and developing positive social interactions and relationships.

Overall, pediatric occupational therapy aims to improve children’s independence, participation, and overall quality of life in home, school, and community settings.

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Does my child need Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric Occupational Therapy may be beneficial for children who experience challenges or delays in various areas of development that impact their ability to participate in daily activities.

Some indicators that your child might benefit from occupational therapy include:

  • They’re not meeting developmental milestones for their age group.
  • They struggle with motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination, or rolling over.
  • They have difficulty with fine motor skills like self-feeding, drawing, or dressing.
  • They are displaying sensory processing challenges, such as sensitivity to certain sounds, textures or colors.
  • They face social difficulties, such as trouble understanding how to interact with others or recognizing others’ emotions.
  • They have cognitive delays, such as trouble with focus, attention, organization or following multi-step directions.
  • They have challenges with Self-Regulation: They have difficulty regulating their emotions or behavior, such as frequent tantrums or difficulty calming down when upset.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): Children with ASD often benefit from occupational therapy to develop social skills, communication skills, sensory integration, and adaptive behaviors.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Children with ADHD may benefit from occupational therapy to improve attention, organization, self-regulation, and executive functioning skills.
  • Learning disabilities: Children with learning disabilities may benefit from occupational therapy to develop strategies for improving academic performance, organization, time management, and study skills.
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Does my child need Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric Occupational Therapy may be beneficial for children who experience challenges or delays in various areas of development that impact their ability to participate in daily activities.

Some indicators that your child might benefit from occupational therapy include:

  • They’re not meeting developmental milestones for their age group.
  • They struggle with motor skills like balance, hand-eye coordination, or rolling over.
  • They have difficulty with fine motor skills like self-feeding, drawing, or dressing.
  • They are displaying sensory processing challenges, such as sensitivity to certain sounds, textures or colors.
  • They face social difficulties, such as trouble understanding how to interact with others or recognizing others’ emotions.
  • They have cognitive delays, such as trouble with focus, attention, organization or following multi-step directions.
  • They have challenges with Self-Regulation: They have difficulty regulating their emotions or behavior, such as frequent tantrums or difficulty calming down when upset.
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD): Children with ASD often benefit from occupational therapy to develop social skills, communication skills, sensory integration, and adaptive behaviors.
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Children with ADHD may benefit from occupational therapy to improve attention, organization, self-regulation, and executive functioning skills.
  • Learning disabilities: Children with learning disabilities may benefit from occupational therapy to develop strategies for improving academic performance, organization, time management, and study skills.
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When is the best time to get pediatric occupational therapy?

The ideal time to pursue pediatric occupational therapy is the moment you notice a concern. An evaluation will assess your child’s functioning, identify if therapy is needed, and help set goals. Since development is a continuous journey, obtaining information and assistance early on can only benefit your child!

Occupational therapy might be beneficial for your child if you notice any of the following:

  • They seem to be falling behind on reaching the typical milestones for their age.
  • They struggle with basic motor skills, like balance, coordination, or handling objects.
  • Fine motor tasks such as feeding themselves, drawing, or dressing pose challenges for them.
  • Social interactions are tough for them; they may find it hard to connect with others or understand social cues.
  • Managing emotions and behaviors seems to be a struggle; they might have frequent outbursts or difficulty calming down.
  • Cognitive delays, like trouble with memory or focus, are noticeable.
  • If your child has specific conditions affecting their muscles, bones, nerves, cognition, or genetics—such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, injuries, surgeries, or muscular dystrophy—occupational therapy could be particularly beneficial.
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Based on 33 reviews
Casey O'Connor
Casey O'Connor
2024-04-24
Dr. Amy has been absolutely amazing she was able to effectively explain everything that was going on with our child and connect with both us and our child quickly and easily. I cannot understate the amount that she positively impacted our family and our child's wellbeing. She and everything she has done for us has been amazing!
Alexis Cummins
Alexis Cummins
2024-04-22
I cannot speak highly enough of Dr. Amy at the Bowel and Bladder Clinic. She has changed our life for the better. We were in a 20+ month long battle with my daughter withholding stool. We had been hospitalized and waited months for "specialists" who offered no advice and chalked it up to behavior. Ironically, nothing about her behavior outside of pooping was off. We walked into Dr. Amy's office and within an hour, we had more answers and a plan than we had in the 20 months prior. I literally cried on the way home because I couldn't believe I had been right, that this wasn't my daughter being manipulative and bad. We noticed measurable change within 2 visits. We went weekly and took all the advice we were given. We were diligent about the exercises and when we got pushback from our daughter on some of the things we had to do, Dr. Amy came to our rescue with tools and got us right back on track. I wish 10 stars was an option for this review because this practice has corrected our problems and my daughter is a totally different kid now that she isn't constantly constipated, in pain and on medicines that weren't addressing the cause of the problem. If you are struggling, the wait time to get in, the drive (if you have one, ours was 90 minutes each way) and any out-of-pocket costs (our insurance covered almost all of it) will be totally worth it, if you are willing to partner with the doctors and your child.
Juliet Armerding
Juliet Armerding
2024-02-07
Wow, where to begin! Good Beginnings and their fantastic staff have been a saving grace for our family. One of my daughters struggled for years with bowel issues (encopresis) and needed intense pelvic floor therapy. We saw Dr. Amy O'Malley for 2 years and I am not exaggerating when I say she has been an angel to my daughter. The encouragement, the actual PT work, the thoughtfulness in the approach - all amazing. We also did some OT (for interoception work) with Erin. Our experience with Good Beginnings was so positive that we decided to use them for a secondary PT issue (snapping hip syndrome). We are now seeing Tracy, who is also really lovely. From the PT/OT staff to the scheduling and billing departments - everyone has been incredibly helpful, patient, and competent. Even though there are practices closer to us in DC, we know and trust Good Beginnings enough to make our appointments there a priority. 5/5 stars!!!
Katie Toste
Katie Toste
2024-02-06
Excellent care and expertise! The PTs here have a passion for their work, with a drive for continued education and excellence in specialties I didn’t even know could be addressed by PT. I do not know where we would be today if we hadn’t fallen into the lap of Amy who took my 3 week old with ill-shaped rib cage and retracted breathing and taught him to breath into his chest in less than a month, resulting in a reshaped and normal rib cage. Since then I’ve brought other children for evaluations and seen multiple different PTs, all of whom are professional, intelligent, thorough, and dedicated. It’s obvious that Good Beginnings cares deeply about ensuring excellence of the care they provide, and invests in this goal through mentorship and collaboration among PTs. We’ve worked with other pediatric PTs before in different practices, and this is the first time I’ve seen such collaboration. Also, l have not had any issues with billing in 8 months of care. To the contrary, even when I’ve made a mistake, like only updating my card number to HSA on one of my kids’ accounts and not the other ones, billing has been very easy to work with to refund and rerun charges.
Haneez Amr
Haneez Amr
2023-12-21
Good Beginnings has been wonderful for our daughter. Our therapist, Ms. Katie, is able to connect with our daughter and give her the tools she needs to be successful. It is a joyful place, and we couldn't be happier with the service, results, and responsiveness of the staff.
Tiffany Martin
Tiffany Martin
2023-12-21
My son has been to three different physical therapy locations and Good Beginnings has been by far the best clinic!! Physical Therapist, Ms. Jessica Toth has been outstanding working with our toddler. She knows how to relate to his personality and has tailored his treatment plan to fit his ongoing needs. Jessica is an outstanding asset to Good Beginning. I would recommend Good Beginnings to any parent looking to receive the best outpatient rehabilitation for their child.
Kyle Kane
Kyle Kane
2022-12-28
I absolutely love Good Beginnings. Great staff and team.
Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
2022-12-25
The people that work here are amazing. Kind and attentive. Highly recommend.
Yash Balasaria
Yash Balasaria
2022-12-21
Phenomenal practice with caring, thoughtful therapists. Very fair pricing and billing from my experience with Good Beginnings.

Questions about how occupational therapy can help your child succeed?

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How is Good Beginnings Pediatric Therapy Different from other Clinics?

1-on-1 Treatment Session

We do not use support staff or paraprofessionals. Your child is working directly with your therapist the entire session. 

Helping families for over 34 years

Independently female owned and operated, we have been successful helping multiple generations of families.

Help Beyond Treatment Sessions

We support you at the treatment session and beyond. We collaborate with other team members, clinicians, and your school at your request.

100+ years of combined experience

Our therapists possess extensive training, experience, and longevity in the field. Our team includes both recent graduates with the latest knowledge and seasoned therapists with over 25+ years of experience.

Flexible Schedule and Billing Options

Our scheduling and billing teams are here to maximize your time with your therapist and guide you through the complexities of insurance. make everything easy so you can focus on your child.

Supporting the Community

We educate and empower the community beyond the clinic through free talks, professional training, and sharing our expertise on social media.

FAQ

What’s the difference between Pediatric Occupational Therapy vs. Pediatric Physical Therapy2024-05-08T21:34:01+00:00

Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on helping children develop the skills needed for daily activities, such as self-care, play, and school tasks. OTs work on fine motor skills, sensory processing, executive function abilities, self-regulation and social interactions to improve a child’s independence and participation in daily life. In contrast, Pediatric Physical Therapy (PT) primarily addresses gross motor skills, mobility, strength, and balance. PTs help children with movement challenges due to conditions such as injuries, developmental delays, or neurological disorders, aiming to improve their physical function and overall quality of life. While both disciplines aim to enhance children’s well-being, OT focuses on activities and participation, while PT emphasizes movement and physical function.

What’s the difference between Adult and Pediatric Adult Occupational Therapy?2024-05-08T21:33:25+00:00

Choosing a pediatric practice vs. an adult practice for your child ensures access to specialized expertise tailored to children’s unique needs. With a child-friendly environment and staff trained to interact positively with young patients, Good Beginnings create a comfortable and reassuring atmosphere. We offer developmentally appropriate care, adapting treatment techniques to match each child’s age and stage of development. At Good Beginnings we prioritize family-centered care, involving parents and caregivers as partners in their child’s healthcare journey. 

Is there anything I can do to make pediatric occupational therapy easier on my child?2024-05-08T21:33:08+00:00

With each session, we also equip you customized knoweldge to take home to help it easier for you and your child. However, here are general tips that can help your child succeed better.

  1. Help prepare your child: Talk to your child about what to expect during OT sessions in a positive and reassuring manner. Let them know that the therapist is there to help them learn and grow.
  2. Choose the Right Time: Schedule OT sessions at times when your child is well-rested and alert, to maximize their engagement and participation.
  3. Create a Comfortable Environment: Ensure that your child feels comfortable and relaxed during OT sessions. Bring any comfort items that might help, such as a favorite toy or blanket.
  4. Offer Encouragement: Provide plenty of praise and encouragement during OT sessions to boost your child’s confidence and motivation. Celebrate their successes, no matter how small, and offer support when they encounter challenges.
  5. Stay Involved: Stay engaged and involved in your child’s therapy process. Ask questions, participate in activities when appropriate, and communicate openly with the therapist about your child’s progress and any concerns you may have.
  6. Practice at Home: Work on activities and exercises recommended by the therapist at home to reinforce skills learned during OT sessions. Make practice fun and incorporate it into daily routines whenever possible.
  7. Be Patient and Understanding: Be patient with your child and with the therapy process. Every child progresses at their own pace, and it’s important to celebrate their individual achievements along the way.
How many Pediatric Occupational Therapy sessions does my child need?2024-05-08T21:32:53+00:00

We develop individualized treatment plans based on the results of your evaluation; treatment frequency is typically 1-2x per week, and may decrease as treatment progresses. Treatment lasts as long as it takes to meet the goals or reach a plateau where therapy has been maximized.  This varies depending on the diagnosis, age of the child, and any complicating factors.

How long does each Pediatric Occupational Session lasts?2024-05-08T21:32:41+00:00

Each Pediatric Occupational Session last approxiamtely 50 – 55 minutes.

How do I pay?2024-05-08T21:32:14+00:00

We accept credit cards* (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, HSA Cards) and checks. Most families prefer to securely store their credit card on file for automated monthly payments.  Online payments can be made through this link.

Payment by checks can be given directly to your therapist or mailed to PO Box 679 Smithsburg, MD 21783.

 *Note, a 3% processing fee applies to all credit card payments. 

Do you take Insurance?2024-05-14T21:21:54+00:00

We work with many insurances and have a Billing Department to assist.  We can submit claims, provide bills, and assist you with maximizing your insurance coverage. Please contact us at 703.536.1817 to learn how we work with your insurance. We do not work with Medicaid at this time.

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