Helping Hands Therapies

Clinic Based: Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy

School based: Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy

Camp programs:  Both Sensory Integration and Fine motor camps


What is Occupational Therapy?

The therapeutic use of everyday life activities (occupations) with individuals or groups for the purpose of participation in roles and situations in home, school, workplace, and community settings.

What do Occupational Therapists do?

• address the individual needs of each child and his or her family
• facilitate competence and independence in daily activities
• promote healthy development and self-fulfillment for long-term wellness

What does Occupational Therapy improve?

•  refinement of motor skills
•  refinement of sensory discrimination and processing
•  regulation of arousal level for optimal performance and increased safety
•  acquisition of age-level self care skills
•  development of self-concept
•  appropriateness of environment

Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Your child may benefit from occupational therapy if he or she demonstrates any of the following:

* increased activity level
* immature muscle development of the hands and/or body
* poor handwriting
* poor motor coordination
* poor interactive play skills
* Apraxia
* Autism Spectrum Disorder
* Sensory Processing Disorder
* low tolerance for sound, touch, or movement
* difficulty with changes in schedule
* Down Syndrome
* decreased or increased pain tolerance
* developmental disabilities
* decreased independence with self help skills
* decreased attention span
* delayed developmental milestones
* feeding difficulties
* Dyspraxia

What is Speech Therapy?

Speech and language therapy provides treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing.

What do speech and language therapists do?

☛Speech and language therapists (SLTs) provide life-improving treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, eating, drinking or swallowing.

☛SLTs assess and treat speech, language and communication problems in people of all ages to help them communicate better. They also assess, treat and develop personalised plans to support people who have eating and swallowing problems.

☛Using specialist skills, SLTs work directly with clients and their carers and provide them with tailored support. They also work closely with teachers and other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, other allied health professionals and psychologists to develop individual treatment programmes.

Who benefits from speech and language therapy?

Speech and language therapy benefits people of all ages, for example: ☛Infants: SLTs support premature babies and infants with conditions such as cerebral palsy, cleft palate and Down syndrome from very early in life who have difficulties with drinking, swallowing and early play and communication skills.

☛Children: SLTs support children with primary speech, language and communication difficulties, such as stammering, as well as speech, language and communication difficulties that are secondary to other conditions such as learning difficulties and hearing problems.

What is Feeding Therapy?

Feeding therapy helps infants and children with a wide array of feeding difficulties which may include one or more of the following:

  • Reduced or limited intake
  • Food refusal 
  • Food selectivity by type and/or texture 
  • Dysphagia (swallowing difficulty)
  • Oral motor deficits
  • Delayed feeding development
  • Food or swallowing phobias
  • Mealtime tantrums

Addressing feeding problems may be important for preventing or eliminating nutritional concerns, growth concerns including failure to thrive, unsafe swallowing which may lead to aspiration pneumonia and future poor eating habits/attitudes. For more information about feeding therapy (offered at Helping Hands), click here.