Many children adapt readily to a new home environment upon adoption, but for some children this transition may be accompanied by challenges. Research indicates that for some children who have been adopted, there can be an increased risk for sensory processing and/or sensori-motor difficulties. In addition, some children who have been adopted may experience difficulty regulating emotions, behaviors, and/or attention.
At Occupational Therapy Connections we are interested in, and sensitive to, the pre-adoption experiences that may influence current behavior. We have training and extensive experience understanding the therapy needs unique to adopted children and their families, and occupational therapist Carol Neu-Frauman and Abigail (Abby) Avery are adoption competent occupational therapists. In addition to improving sensory processing and sensori-motor function and reflex integration, we assist families in developing strategies to assist with improving regulation. We work closely with families to develop a treatment program that fits with family needs and concerns, and collaborate with other health care professionals who are involved in treatment.
An occupational therapy evaluation can help determine if a child has sensory processing or sensori-motor challenges or difficulty with self-regulation that may be contributing to functional difficulties. If so, occupational therapy can assist with supporting skill development, function, comfort, and regulation of emotions and behavior.
If you are interested in learning more about the services available at Occupational Therapy Connections or if you have questions, please call us at (317) 581-1185.