Occupational therapy for children with a sensory processing focus

When you hear that your child needs occupational therapy, your initial reaction can be:

  • Relief “Finally we’re going to get our child some help”
  • Confusion “What on earth is OT?”
  • Fear “What do you mean there’s something wrong with my kid?”

But don’t worry. Occupational Therapy helps many kids with many different issues. It’s a well researched approach to helping children who may be falling behind in development, in cognition or motor skills. Early assessment and intervention help children experience success – in school and in life.

At Spring OT, we work with children from birth to 18 years old.

Each child is unique, yet most come to us due to developmental delays. They can be experiencing struggles with:

  • Activities of daily living (toileting, feeding, dressing, grooming).
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Attention and focus
  • Emotional dysregulation

While we employ a unique lens of sensory processing, we can help any child experience success in school, at home and in life.

What Spring OT provides

For Children
  • Individualized therapy programs
  • Fun games and strategies that promote success
  • Sensory Gym – the largest in the city
For Parents
  • Progress meetings with each appointment
  • Suggestions for continuing progress at home
  • Equipment library
  • Recommendations for adaptive equipment for use at home or school
  • Experience coordinating work with other professionals (Speech Therapy, Schools, Doctors, Insurance Cos, etc)
For Agencies
  • Professionally prepared assessments
  • Approved therapist for CBE, CSB
  • Ongoing communication
  • Make adaptive equipment recommendations

From the Springboard

Should my child continue with Occupational Therapy over the summer?

Should my child continue with Occupational Therapy over the summer?

As the weather turns, so too do parents’ thoughts about summer plans. Come spring, our clients ask us for advice; should their child take the summer off or continue with therapy? Therapy during the summer gives families more time As much as we focus on our little clients, parents are our clients too. The best […]

What can an OT do to help with toilet training?

What can an OT do to help with toilet training?

A very common question we hear from parents at Spring OT is “Why doesn’t my child use the potty yet?” As Occupational Therapists, who are experts on promoting independence in self-care, we address toileting with children and their parents on a regular basis. One of my favourite things about being an OT is the profession’s […]

Should I send my child with a sensory or speech problem to summer camp?

Should I send my child with a sensory or speech problem to summer camp?

As a parent, an Occupational Therapist and a business owner who works exclusively with children, I am a firm believer in the value of summer camps for all children. Traits such as resiliency, growing social skills and engagement in physical activity have been proven to develop at summer camp. Summer camps are a safe space for […]

Meet Trish

Trish Williams
Trish is the owner and occupational therapy lead at Spring OT. She is also a mother, an occupational therapy educator at the University of Alberta, and a strong advocate for children.

Trish has been an occupational therapist for over 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Western Ontario and her Bachelor of Health Science degree in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Prior to starting in private practice as the Owner of Spring Occupational Therapy, she worked in pediatrics and inpatient/outpatient neurology.

Trish’s clinical expertise is in the evaluation and treatment of children from birth to 21 with various developmental disabilities, including Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism. She is also a speaker and presenter in the area of OT and sensory processing.

Trish is an Adjunct Professor and one of the original staff members of the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta, Calgary Campus. She has received advanced training in Sensory Processing Disorder in the Intensive Mentorship Program, Level I from the STAR Centre in Denver, CO under the direction of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller.

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