Frequently Asked Questions
Will my child’s therapist recommend strategies for school and home?
Our therapists work as a team with parents to implement strategies across settings. At weekly sessions, you can discuss how things are going and new recommendations can made. You can facilitate communication between your child’s teacher and his/her therapist in order to carryover recommendations and strategies to the school environment. Sometimes, special school visits can be arranged to allow our therapist to observe your child in the school setting and to connect with the teacher directly. This allows for open communication between all the people who know the child best.
How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy is different for every child. It usually depends on how many areas of concern there are, the rate of progress, and how much carryover of recommendations occurs across settings. Communication between parents and your child’s therapist is also very important so that the therapy program can be adjusted as needed and specific skill areas can be targeted when needed.
My child has difficulties with new people and places. What can I do to prepare him/her for the evaluation?
You can decide how much you want to tell your child depending on his/her age and level of understanding. It is important you explain that the person your child will be “playing” with will be asking him/her to do several things to get information about what he/she is good at what things might be more “tricky”. Some of the activities will involve writing, drawing, and playing games, and others will involve moving his/her body on special equipment. We try to disguise the activities as “play” and most children ask when they will be able to come back! It might be helpful to plan a special reward for after the appointment so that your child will be motivated and interested in doing his/her best.
How is occupational therapy different from physical therapy?
Occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are very much related to each other, as they both fulfill the purpose of maintaining the health and fitness of the individual. Both OT and PT strive to cover all the aspects of human health – psychological, mental, and physical. While occupational therapy focuses on restoring functional skills in daily life, physical therapy focuses on restoring mobility. With children, OTs are often seen working on areas such as improving attention, motor planning and coordination with the body, social skills, tolerating different sensations, and self-help skills. PTs are often seen working with children on improving balance, strength and endurance, walking mechanics, and joint range of motion.
What is the difference between school-based occupational therapy and private/clinic-based occupational therapy?
My child has sensory processing challenges and his/her school therapist seems unwilling to address this area. What should I do?
What will my child's session be like when they return to SOTH after the pandemic?
Returning to in-persons at SOTH is an easy transition. Click here to read through a kid-friendly guide on what returning to our Capitol Hill location or our Arlington location will be like.