Occupational Therapy

Treatment may focus on sensory integration, neurodevelopmental techniques, therapeutic play, daily living activities, fine and gross motor coordination, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills and handwriting strategies.

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Meet the Team

Abby has a BA in Psychology and Family Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield Minnesota, and she has a MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of New England in Portland, Maine.  She has been working as an OT with the ECI program in League City.  She has a diverse background in developmental, educational, behavioral, and clinical settings, and she looks forward to working in the Westview School setting.

Abby Cook  M.S. OTR/L

I received my Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Women’s University in 1993. I have worked in home health, rehabilitation hospitals, and the school system for 23 years. I have worked with and evaluated children with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory disorders, and handwriting difficulties.

Melinda Mogas, OTR

About OT

Occupational therapy can be provided in a variety of settings, and each setting is unique in how and where therapy is recommended or implemented. Therapy can differ based on the organization providing the service, the age of the child, the developmental level of the child, the specific concerns (i.e., motor planning vs. activities of daily living), the severity of the concerns, the child’s temperament, the child’s learning style, and the child’s Occupational Therapist.

 

The Stewart Center provides occupational therapy utilizing a clinical model; however, our model maintains a close connection with the school model (for Westview students) and encourages collaboration amongst parents, teachers, and other staff members that can support the carryover and generalization of skills and supports.

 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational therapy practitioners ask, "What matters to you?" not, "What's the matter with you?" Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation to determine the client’s goals, 

  • customized intervention to improve the client’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and

  • an outcome evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.

Occupational Therapy Assessments:

 

Occupational therapy assessment services are conducted by appropriately credentialed and trained Occupational Therapists. Most assessments cost around $350, but could be more or less expensive depending on the specific questions and age of the individual to be assessed.

 

Occupational therapy assessments include an individualized evaluation where the client, family, and occupational therapist work together to determine goals for a customized intervention to improve the client’s ability to perform daily activities. Occupational therapy assessments may include:

  • a review of relevant case history, including past and current medical, auditory, visual, motor, and cognitive status;

  • standardized and/or non-standardized methods selected with consideration for ecological validity, such as:

    • comprehensive evaluations of the client’s school, home, and/or other environments;

    • parent response instruments and observation to examine sensory-motor development, motor skills planning, and activities of daily living;

    • caregiver interview;

    • contextualized behavior and functional observations.

  • recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use;

  • guidance and education for family members and caregivers;

  • customized goals to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities;

  • recommendations for adapting the environment to fit the person;

  • recommendations and/or referrals for occupational therapy services;

  • recommendations and/or referrals for follow-up services from other disciplines (e.g., physical therapy, speech therapy, optometry, medical, and the like);

  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or to make changes to the intervention plan (in follow-up assessments)