Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

Our Therapeutic Approach

Occupational therapy (OT) helps children acquire or reacquire the skills needed to perform the activities or “occupations” of daily life. A child’s primary occupation is play. Additional occupations include developmentally appropriate activities such as sitting, stacking blocks, eating a snack, getting dressed, and drawing a picture. Occupational therapists use their background in anatomy and physiology, neurology, psychology, sensory and motor development to determine the underlying difficulties impacting success and independence with activities.

Cheshire Fitness Zone occupational therapists help children develop the necessary skills for the job of living through play. Our therapists focus on creating the ‘just right challenge’ by following the child’s lead to achieve an adaptive response (targeted skill), building a strong foundation for further development. We include parents/guardians in everything including evaluation, treatment planning, and working with their child for optimal outcomes.

Areas Addressed by our Occupational Therapists

Click on any of the conditions below for more information about how our team of therapists at CFZ can help your child.  Don’t see the condition you’re looking for? Contact us to learn more.

Dexterity, strength, grasp, and range of motion.  To learn more about developmental stages check out our Family Resources section.

The ability to use both sides of the body at the same time. This impacts activities such as cutting while stabilizing the paper, manipulating clothing fasteners, and opening a container.

The interplay between visual skills, visual perceptual skills and motor skills such as coloring, cutting, and writing.

Processing and interpreting meaning from the visual information that we gain through our eyesight. Visual perception plays an important role in handwriting, mathematics, and reading.

The development of the torso muscles that stabilize, align, and move the trunk of the body. Decreased core strength can cause poor posture impacting fine motor skill development.

Underlying skills necessary for most childhood occupations such as self-feeding, getting dressed, catching a ball, and handwriting.

How a child processes what he/she sees, hears, feels, tastes, etc. and appropriately responds.

The ability to plan and sequence appropriate movements to meet the demands of a novel task. To achieve this, the brain relies on the sensory system and body awareness.

A complex skill that incorporates visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, bilateral coordination, motor planning, hand strength, core strength and sensory processing skills.

Addressing the underlying skills that may impact independence in this area such as attention, hand strength, dexterity, visual motor skills, sensory processing and motor planning.

Skills such as organization, sequencing, initiation, and attention.

Evaluating a child’s need for specialized equipment such as feeding utensils, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, etc.

How do I know if my child needs therapy?

What Clients Are Saying

Cheshire Fitness Zone has tremendously helped not only our two children receiving services, but our entire family. The atmosphere in the clinic is friendly, supportive, and understanding. Their office staff is amazing and accommodates each family’s schedule and needs. Our children receive speech, OT, and PT services. Every one of the therapists they have worked with has been wonderful and our children have made incredible progress. The kids also love going to all of their therapy sessions because the therapists make each and every session fun and exciting. We are so fortunate to have found Cheshire Fitness Zone and recommend it to any family looking for services for their children.
Delia Falcon (Special Education Teacher)
Cheshire Fitness Zone provides staff at our school that understands the role of related service providers in educational settings, meet the educationally related needs of the students, and communicate well with faculty, staff, and parents. They exhibit a high degree of professionalism and state of the art physical therapy.
Anonymous
Cheshire Fitness Zone has been wonderful. We have worked with many of the therapists for OT and PT and have had excellent experiences with all of them. They were very accommodating to our schedule. And even on a day where my son was not into working they are always able to get him to work. Their front office is very pleasant and are always smiling when we arrive. I have to bring my other son when we come and the therapists are always willing to include both of them on days where it is difficult waiting in the lobby.
Don Hamilton
We have been coming to Cheshire Fitness Zone for more than two years. The therapists are friendly, compassionate, and professional. Not only do they do a fabulous job with the therapy, but they also consider the individual behavioral needs for our son. They are caring while pushing him to achieve goals that at times he might feel he can do and he does. Thank you to Craig and the staff for all that you do!
The Smedbergs
Everyone at Cheshire Fitness is always so friendly and welcoming. They provide a wonderful atmosphere for the children and are so supportive. The best gift anyone can give a parent is caring for his or her kid and helping his or her kid to live to their greatest potential and that is exactly what the therapists at Cheshire Fitness Zone do. They truly care and we will be forever grateful for the tools they have provided our child.
Anonymous
My family has been blessed with this amazing crew at Cheshire Fitness Zone for almost five years. My daughter started PT at six months of age when we discovered unexpected delays. The staff from day one has gone above and beyond to help my daughter to be where she is today. They are not only extremely knowledgeable in their individual fields, but make everyone who walks through their door feel welcome and cared for. After the past five years, I consider these individuals like family. They have taught me so many ways to help my daughter and also to strive for the best and prepare for her future. I would highly recommend Cheshire Fitness Zone to anyone who needs services for their children. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know.
Lisa Werdann
I love working at Cheshire Fitness Zone because the therapy team is always willing to collaborate and share different treatment strategies and therapy techniques. You are never at a loss for ideas!
Anonymous
A five star rating would not be enough for Cheshire Fitness Zone! From the first time I called to schedule my son’s consult to now one year later, we are consistently greeted by the most caring and loving staff. My son goes to Cheshire Fitness Zone for oral motor/speech therapy and sees Miss Kim. When I say she is the best, she truly is! From day one she has put her heart and soul into my child’s therapy. The strides my son has made in one year is amazing. Not only is Kim the nicest person ever, she is extremely knowledgeable in her field and is constantly thinking of new ways to improve my son’s speech.
Nicole Rybaruk
We have been coming to Cheshire Fitness Zone for fifteen years. Our son has a motor dyspraxia which causes challenges with posture, upper body strength, and affects his fine motor skills too. After coming consistently every week for 1-2 visits he has surpassed many of his physical challenges. Now as a young man he takes physical challenges like 5k’s and bike challenges with a smile. We are grateful to the many physical therapists he has had over the years. Each of them has encouraged him and pushed him to improve in a gentle, but firm way, and always with a sense of humor. Our son looks forward to coming every week.
The Anthony’s
I am so happy we found Cheshire Fitness Zone. This is just what my son needs. His school also heard of you guys and said great things. I’m happy to know he is in good hands.
Anonymous

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