Techniques Used in Pediatric OT

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly. – Langston Hughes

Our Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) Team is trained in traditional techniques and have continued intensive training in additional complimentary techniques that offer the most comprehensive efforts towards total mind and body connection and wellness.

The OT’s at The Therapy Tree assess and treat children using a variety of techniques and methods including:

Therapeutic Listening®

Developed by Occupational Therapist Shiela Frick, this program is based on the extensive research of Alfred Tomatis, internationally known otolaryngologist, and inventor.

Therapeutic Listening® is a tool for treating people of all ages who have difficulty with processing sensory information, listening, attention, and communication.

High quality music is altered to exaggerate the sounds that naturally capture attention and tap into the parts of the brain involved in regulating bodily functions, relating to others, and organizing behavior. The headphones are specially designed to let in environmental noise. The volume of the music is low, so that it is in the background.

Unlike other auditory interventions, Therapeutic Listening® was designed to be portable, so that it could be part of a home program. Listening is done two times a day, for 30 minutes per session. It can be done during whatever activity a child is naturally doing during their typical daily routine including outdoor play.

Listening is only part of the program, your therapist will also give you an individualized series of physical exercises, which solidifies and integrates the changes made by the music.

Results can include increased focus and attention, better moods, balanced energy levels, greater tolerance to noise, improved sleep, better handwriting, fewer tantrums, and less anxiety.

Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) was pioneered and developed by osteopathic physician John E. Upledger, following extensive scientific studies from 1975 to 1983 at Michigan State University, where he served as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics. CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the functioning of the craniosacral system, comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord.

With the rise and fall of CSF pressure, a rhythmic motion is created within the craniosacral system. With gentle and sensitive touch, the a craniosacral trained therapist can feel the movement of the entire craniosacral system by locating critical points on the skull, and the base of the spine and tailbone. Any restrictive or unstable movement of the cerebrospinal fluid can lead to pain, dysfunction with vision, hearing, brain function, and poor health.

With a light touch, the CST practitioner uses his or her hands to evaluate the craniosacral system by gently feeling various locations of the body to test for the ease of motion and rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid pulsing around the brain and spinal cord. Soft-touch techniques are then used to release restrictions in any tissues influencing the craniosacral system.

The purpose of this technique is to enhance the overall functioning of systems in the body and can make long lasting changes. Few structures have as much influence over the body’s ability to function properly as the brain and spinal cord that make up the central nervous system. And, the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system.

Craniosacral Therapy is most effective on newborns and infants because of the rapid changes and corrections that can be made and introduced. While in cases of special needs due to developmental disorders or delays, it is most beneficial in the early stages of life, CST has also proven to be successful in children who have suffered from concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.

Additional training allows our therapists to include Craniosacral Therapy in their treatment modalities to help alleviate a wide variety of dysfunctions, from chronic pain and sports injuries to stroke and neurological impairment.

Sensory Processing Therapy

Sensory Processing Therapy (formerly known as Sensory Integration Therapy)

Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT)


Yoga for Special Needs

Vestibular Activation

Reflex Integration

Reflex Integration

Interactive Metronome

Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)


Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Handwriting Without Tears

Social Thinking and The Zones of Regulation


Zero Balancing


Greenspan Floortime Approach

The use of different techniques, both traditional and complimentary, along with collaboration across multiple specialties including speech and language therapy, physical therapy, or counseling services available at The Therapy Tree, provides children the best possible outcome for increasing mobility, independence, confidence, and overall life skills.

For more information on the therapeutic services we offer adults, families, and others, including massage therapy, yoga, martial arts, and other wellness classes, please visit our Adult Services and our Wellness Center pages.


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