Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

We work with babies, toddlers, children, and adolescents

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 been wonderful. The office staff is very welcoming and informative and the OT that my son sees has a genuine interest in my son’s well-being. He always communicates well with me and makes sure to ease all of my concerns. My son loves coming to Cheshire Fitness Zone!
Anonymous
I am privileged to work with amazing children, wonderful families, skilled therapists, and professional staff each day at Cheshire Fitness Zone. We are a team working toward the best possible outcome for each unique child. I am so thankful to be a part of such a special place.
Anonymous
My girls have been going to Cheshire Fitness Zone since the summer of 2015 and the therapy they receive from their therapist is the best therapy they have ever received. The therapists are the friendliest and nicest group of therapists we have ever met. The girls enjoy going to therapy and I am very happy that we go to Cheshire Fitness Zone.
Anonymous
Cheshire Fitness Zone has been absolutely wonderful for my family. All of the staff and therapists treat the children with respect and truly care about their development. The therapists are always available to ask questions and are extremely knowledgeable. The front desk staff alway works to accommodate our schedule and are always friendly and kind. I always refer Cheshire Fitness Zone to other families who are looking for services for their children.
Anonymous
As a physical therapist at Cheshire Fitness Zone, I have seen firsthand the positive impact therapy services have had on so many children and their families. We are very family-oriented at Cheshire Fitness Zone and are constantly working with our families to help reach their goals for their children. It is an extremely rewarding feeling to see a child learn mobility skills that they were unable to perform prior to starting therapy services. The staff at Cheshire Fitness Zone is dedicated to providing the best care possible for all the children that they work with.
Anonymous
I am so happy we came to Cheshire Fitness Zone. My daughter injured her hip figure skating. Another physical therapist diagnosed and treated her incorrectly. Luckily when we came to Cheshire Fitness Zone and saw Craig he discovered her injury was something else and much more of a serious injury. In fact, we were referred to a Pedi orthopedist who concluded with Craig’s diagnosis. The orthopedist said it was a good find, very difficult to catch, and often missed. My daughter had surgery and is now recovering and seeing Craig for rehab. She is almost done and doing well. Highly recommended Cheshire Fitness Zone.
Elaine Reilly
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
Thank you for teaching me everything I know about OT and sensory diets. You go above and beyond for our students and we really appreciate all that you have given us.
Mike Tyler (Director at High Roads School)
Highly recommend. The warm, loving atmosphere sets the tone for these highly motivated therapists to do their thing. The office staff is top notch as well!!
Peter S.
My twelve year old daughter has been seeing Craig since she was four years old and she loves coming to the ‘gym.’ I love that she refers to it as the ‘gym’ instead of therapy. She sees her therapy as a place where she works her body to become stronger and has fun. She is disappointed if therapy is canceled. The staff is wonderful and works to find the right fit with each child and therapist. They work across modalities and communicate with the school and her doctors. I am thankful to have Cheshire Fitness Zone in my daughter’s life! Thank you!
Heather M.

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