Occupational Therapy Information

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Occupational Therapy Information

Pediatric occupational therapists work with children birth to 18 years of age to address independence with daily living skills. OTs work to develop children’s fine and visual motor skills, sensory processing abilities, self help skills, coordination, motor planning and play.

Occupational therapy is appropriate for children with:

  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Complex Medical Histories
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyspraxia/Poor Coordination
  • Feeding Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Handwriting Difficulties
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Prematurity
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Feeding Disorders

Daily Occupational Therapy

Children who qualify for the Intensive Feeding Program will receive 60 minutes of occupational therapy each day to address sensory motor skills related to feeding. This may include sensory exploration of food, postural development to sit independently at a table, grasp for self feeding, regulation to be able to attend and organize his or her body during feeding, and close collaboration with feeding therapists to make meal time successful.

Other specialized OT services offered:

  • DIR/Floortime
  • Sensory Integration
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding
  • NDT
  • The Alert Program
  • Reflex Integration

Getting Started

Before you can schedule an evaluation you need to:

  1. Obtain a prescription from your pediatrician/gastroenterologist for feeding evaluation and treatment and the appropriate diagnostic codes.
  2. Send your insurance information for verification.
  3. Fill out new patient forms.
  4. Call 561-571-7557 to schedule the evaluation.

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About Our Program

The Pediatric Feeding Institute of South Florida (PFISF) specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with various feeding and swallowing disorders using sensory, behavioral, and oral motor approaches as appropriate.  We are committed to implementing innovative methods to address complex feeding disorders to ensure positive outcomes that generalize to the natural environment and are long-lasting. We provide treatment for infants, children and adolescents with feeding and swallowing difficulties/disorders frequently associated with gastrointestinal disorders, food allergies/intolerances, prematurity, oral motor dysfunction, autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, cleft lip/palate, failure to thrive, various syndromes, feeding tube dependance, sensory integration disorders, structural abnormalities (i.e. tongue tie) and cardio-respiratory conditions.

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