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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Scheduling an Appointment for Therapy To schedule an appointment, call (608) 417-6173. Our hours of service are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Limited appointments are available after 4:30 p.m. for families with unique needs. If you are unable to attend please give us 24 hours notice. A physician's referral is required for most services.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy is treatment to help children attain their full potential in many facets of life. O.T. helps patients build the "skills for the job of living." Children need to have sensory processing and motor skills for their age appropriate occupations of self-help, play, academics, and handwriting skills. They need to achieve self-confidence and social-emotional wellbeing.

Treatment is provided to children who have difficulty reaching developmental milestones due to medical conditions that interfere with their physical development, muscle coordination, sensory awareness, and communication or learning abilities. Services include individual evaluation and treatment and may include small group treatment. 

Conditions treated include:

  • Autism
  • Balance/Coordination problems
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Muscle tone imbalance
  • Sensory processing disorders

Services include an individualized treatment plan to improve a child’s ability to carry out activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing, eating, schoolwork, handwriting, staying on task with daily routines, and social play skills. Therapists often help parents create a "sensory diet" to support children with sensory processing differences.

Family participation is highly encouraged at every step of the evaluation and treatment process. Families are directly involved in setting goals, working with the child in therapy sessions, and continuing therapy at home.

Activities focus on:

  • Upper body strength and stability
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Visual motor integration
  • Trunk stability
  • Midline control

Meriter Occupational Therapy Classes:

  • Social Skills Class- Does your child struggle with making friends? Meriter is offering a class to target and expand social skills for children in 4th-5th grade and 6th-8th grade with the guidance of an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist. The class will meet two times a week for four weeks.
  • Parenting a Child with Sensory Processing Challenges Does your child overreact to the sensation of clothing, physical contact, light, sound, food, or other sensory input. Does your child show little or no reaction to stimulation, even pain or extreme hot and cold? They may be suffering from a sensory processing disorder-when information is not taken in or interpreted accurately. Meriter offers a class led by a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and a Pediatric Case Manager. This is a free class offered 4 times a year to any caregiver/parent/guardian.
  • Handwriting: The Basics Does your child struggle with poor handwriting or difficulty copying sentences from the board? Meriter is offering a handwriting workshop for children ages 7-9 and 10-12. The workshop meets for eight weeks and addresses visual motor skills and upper extremity coordination necessary for handwriting. Learn more and register online now!