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Making the Most of the Occupational Therapy: The Importance of Parent Participation

Lisa C. Bolster, Parent

I didn't know what occupational therapy (OT) was before my daughter was born. I never imagined that my family would come to rely on it, but after our daughter was born too early and too small, we began a long journey of medical treatment, developmental monitoring, and eventually OT. My daughter was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) when she was two. She will turn nine this year and is doing well, having “graduated” from therapy about four years ago. Throughout her early childhood, we were fortunate to have partnered with a number of excellent occupational therapists who believed in collaborating with parents, inviting us to be active participants in our child’s treatment, and providing us with the tools and knowledge necessary to embed therapy principles into our home and lifestyle. For me, it was an invaluable learning experience...

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An Integrated Approach to Occupational Therapy for Children with SPD and their Families: Combining Sensory Integration and the DIR®/Floortime™ Model

Juliana Padilla, MOT, OTR/L, STAR Center

This article is the first of a two part series on Occupational Therapy using Sensory Integration and the DIR®/Floortime™ Model for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). The first article offers a rationale for the use of the DIR®/Floortime™ Model and provides a comparison of the two approaches. The second article in this series will review some basic principles of the DIR®/Floortime™ approach.

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