If you have a child on the autism spectrum, your pediatrician may have referred you to an occupational therapist. The Augusta area is filled with well qualified occupational therapists, which is awesome if you live in this area. Depending on the type of insurance you have, you may be limited to who you can take your child to see. However, no matter what your particular situation, The Department of Occupational Therapy located at the Medical College of Georgia’s (MCG) Children’s Center is a great choice. The occupational therapists and support staff work together to assess and create intervention plans that truly help children with a variety of needs.
Occupational Therapy (OT) brings together cognitive, physical, and motor skills. From the first session, the OT is helping clients gain independence and participate with more confidence in every day life. For a child with autism, the therapy may focus on appropriate ways to play with peers, teaching school learning skills, and basic life skills. The strategies used at MCG help autism children with tactile issues, balancing, cognitive awareness, fine motor and visual perceptual skills, and so much more. The great thing about the care you will receive at MCG is that the strategies and tactics taught weekly to your child can be practiced at home, in school, and other settings.
MCG offers a family friendly environment for all the children receiving occupational therapy. The therapy room is set up with so many fun things to do that children forget they are working on gaining new skills. Just a few of the hands on activities your child might be involved with are the rock climbing wall, swinging ladders, ball pits, rolling mats, tire swings, writing games, puzzles, and the list goes on!
If you would like to find out more about the Department of Occupational Therapy at MCG, ask your child’s doctor or contact MCG’s Children’s Medical Center at 706-721-KIDS (5437) or 888-721-KIDS. You can also visit their website at http://www.mcghealth.org/McgContentPage.aspx?nd=656. Augusta is so fortunate to have this great resource for families so close to home.