Frequently Asked Questions

Does OT-Kids accept Insurance

OT-Kids is not in-network with any insurance plans. We are a private pay facility, we do, however, encourage all of our families to submit claims to their insurance carriers for out of network reimbursement. The therapists at OT-Kids are committed to helping our families afford therapy for their children and will provide any documentation that your insurance carrier may request to help you through the claims process. For more information on navigating your insurance plan please contact Kristi.OTKids@gmail.com

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How do I get started

Give us a call today! We will conduct an intake phone call during which we will gather some information from you and tell you a little bit more about us and the services that we offer. During that conversation we will schedule an evaluation or your first appointment! 

What exactly is sensory processing disorder 

In short, sensory processing is a persons ability to take information from the environment and their ability to respond to it.  A sensory processing disorder impacts a person from responding appropriately or effectively to one or more types of sensory input. As occupational therapists we focus on the five common senses that we learn about when we are children (touch, taste, hearing, sight and smell) but the foundation of all sensory processing stems from two other sensory systems in the body that you may not be familiar with.  The proprioceptive system (located in our muscles and joints and is responsible for giving us a sense of body awareness and lets us control our use of force and pressure) and the vestibular system (located in the inner ear, and is responsible for our ability to process movement, spatial orientation and head position as well as balance)

  

When a person is not able to process information (input) to one or more of these seven systems effectively then they may have a sensory processing disorder. Here are a few red flags of what a sensory processing disorder may look like in a child.  These are just examples, SPD can present itself in numerous different ways and no two people may present with the same symptoms.

Does your child:

-Cover his/her ears when presented with auditory input that does not seem to bother others (vacuum cleaner, sirens, babies crying, fans or other low frequency background noises)

-Appear clumsy or trip and fall more often then their same aged peers

-Avoid certain textures in clothing or food, or avoids messy play or getting hands dirty

-Appear to have less energy or too much energy as compared to peers

-Seeks or avoids certain movements (spinning, inversion, constant linear motion)

-Play too rough, too loud, too fast

-Appear to over or under react to sounds, touch, sights or movement 

-Have difficulty forming and maintaining relationships with peers

-Avoid or crave certain types of food based on texture, taste or temperature

These are just a few examples, SPD can present in many other ways! If you suspect that your child may have a sensory processing disorder, the best way to find out is to set up an appointment. 

Would My Child Benefit from OT or PT

The best way to determine if your child would benefit from OT or PT interventnion is to set up and appointment for a screen or evaluation, but some questions you might want to ask yourself first are:

-Did my child miss any of their infant developmental milestones (rolling, crawling, cruising)

-Does my child appear to seem over or under responsive to sensory input (sound, touch, movement, smells or taste)

-Does my child have difficulty keeping up with their peers physically or socaily

-Does my child often miss auditory information or appear lost or spaced out during school or other activities that require focus and listening

-Does my child get easily overstimulated in less structured environments (recess, sports games, birthday parties)

-Does my child have extreme difficulty handling changes in routine or schedules 

-Does my child trip/fall often or do they seem more clumsy then their peers

-Does my child struggle at school academically/socially 

-Does my child appear to have poor endurance, balance, coordination

-Is my child struggling behaviorally in school (hitting, difficulty attending, playing too rough with peers, frequently getting in trouble)