Nicole and April started Occupational Therapy Family Services, LLC in May of 2019 with a focus on social, life and fine motor skills. The reason behind this business was to address a need that we struggled with in our own families. We are occupational therapists and moms to five special needs children.
We struggled to locate social and life skills courses that fit the needs of our children. Not only was it difficult to find these services but also difficult finding them during a time were we weren’t missing additional work and pulling them from school.
As many of us mom’s know there are often many appointments and many hours spent in waiting rooms with our children. It wasn’t that long ago where I was attending 4-5 appointments a week for various services. Maybe this image looks familiar to you – the waiting room.
We wanted to provide a service for a need and do it in a way that helps family schedules. Our services are offered during the evenings and on Saturdays.
As occupational therapists we have advanced training in childhood and adolescent anxiety, ADHD, IEP’s, CBT, autism and mental health diagnoses.
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We offer three services: Social Skills Classes, Life Skill Classes, Fine Motor Classes.
- Social Skill Classes
These classes are offered in a group setting or individual. We offer many courses related to understanding emotions, communication skills, coping skills, friendship building, networking and anxiety.
Social skill training is a type of behavioral therapy to improve social skills and the ability to participate in social activities with others.
Classes are kept to 4-5 students to all for attention to be given to each child.
What are social skills?
Social skills are the skills that are needed to interact and communicate with others daily. The foundational skills of social skills include: play, self-regulation, planning, expressive and receptive language, attention and concentration.
What are the benefits of social skills?
Social skill groups can help kids develop and practice important life skills including how to establish and maintain positive relationships and conversations with peers and adults.
How do I know if my child has difficulties with social skills? They might exhibit the following:
- Avoids eye contacts or stares individuals fixedly
- Unable to take turns communicating with partners
- Struggles to use appropriate body language
- Interrupts other frequently
- Talks at you versing engaging in conversation
- Unable to start and end conversations appropriately
- Talks with unusual speed, pinch, volume and tone of voice
- Discloses too much information to unfamiliar people (including strangers)
- Struggles to respond appropriately when asked to change their actions
- Difficulty listening to peers and adults
- Difficulty think before speaking
- Unaware of others feelings and fails to read other people’s feelings based on verbal and non-verbal communication
- Shows little interest in what the other person has to say
- Tends to talk about topics of their own interests
- Unable to respond to teasing, anger, failure and disappointment appropriately
- Lacks imagination
- Negative communication and interaction with others
- Difficulty following rules or directions
- Appears self-centered
- Lacks empathy towards others
- Life Skills
Life Skills classes are offered individually and in a group.
What are Life Skills?
Life skills are the skills needed for everyday life (in order to make the most out of life). Any skill that is useful in life is considered a life skill. Life skills change as we develop and age.
Life Skills Checklist
- Tying Shoes
- Putting on clothing (using zippers and buttons)
- Getting a snack or making a light meal
- Cleaning up a room
- Making the bed
- Shopping at a store (comparing items, utilizing coupons and money management)
- Basic First Aid
- Writing a Letter and handwriting
- Daily Organization
- Medication management
- Basic Money Management
- Understanding and telling time
- Personal grooming and hygiene
- Exploration of hobbies and recreational activities
- Communication (verbal and non-verbal)
- Time management
- Safety awareness (crossing the street, stove safety, stranger danger)
- Social skills and manners
- Decision making skills
- Problem solving
- Social Skills
- Manners and etiquette
- Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skill sessions are offered in groups and individual.
What are fine motor skills? Fine Motor skills are the skills needed to perform many of the tasks that utilize our hands such as self-feeding, buttoning, zippering, writing and using a scissors.
Our courses are offered virtually through a secure platform. We offer classes and appointments on Thursday evenings and Saturdays.
Is your child ready to get started? Do you have additional questions?
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