What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Montclair Speech Therapy now offers Occupational Therapy evaluations, consultations, and individual treatments sessions. We offer a specially designed Occupational Therapy Center located within our Caldwell Office and we are currently enrolling new patients into this unique program. Schedule today (973) 364-0804!
Occupational Therapy (OT) focuses on helping people of all ages with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities be as independent as possible in their activities of daily living. Occupational Therapy can help kids and adults improve their cognitive, sensory, gross motor and fine motor skills to enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body at the same time in a controlled and organized manner. Coordinating both sides of the body is an indication that both sides of the brain are communicating and sharing information with each other.
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are those which require whole body movement and which involve the large muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing and walking, running and jumping, and sitting upright at the table.
Self Care Skills
Activities of Daily Living or ADLs is a term used by occupational therapists to refer to the basic self-care tasks an individual does on a day-to-day basis. These activities are fundamental in caring for oneself and maintaining independence. Self care includes activities that complete one’s daily routine such as dressing, self feeding, grooming and hygiene, as well as functional mobility at home and in the community.
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, such as when doing up buttons, opening lunch boxes or using pencils or scissors. Fine motor skill efficiency significantly influences the quality of the task outcome as well as the speed of task performance.
Sensory Processing is the effective registration of sensory input in the environment. It is the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input in order to behave in a meaningful & consistent manner.
Visual Motor Skills
Visual Motor Skills enable an individual to process information around them. The ability to observe, recognize, and use visual information about forms, shapes, figures, and objects makes up our visual motor abilities.
Meet our Therapists
Nikki Perez, MOTR/L
Nikki Perez is a Licensed and Registered Occupational Therapist in the state of New Jersey. She attended Quinnipiac University in Connecticut where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in 2007 and went on to achieve her Masters of Occupational Therapy. Nikki has worked in pediatrics for 10 years, employed primarily in an outpatient hospital and private practice where she has collaborated with disciplines such as speech language pathologists, physical therapists, physiatrists, psychologists and behaviorists. She also has experience working in early intervention and in a school setting specifically designed for children with disabilities. She has been trained in the Alert Program and certified in The Listening Program as well as a Fieldwork Educator. Nikki has attended continuing education courses to further her knowledge in relation to sensory based modalities, kinesotaping, Torticollis, physical agent modalities, and feeding difficulties. Nikki has experience with a variety of diagnoses and conditions including, but not limited to Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Down Syndrome, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, prematurity, visual impairments, neurological impairments, mental health disorders, feeding difficulties and learning disabilities. She has supervisory experience collaborating with universities as a Fieldwork Educator. Nikki’s fun, compassionate and loving approach with children earned her the recognition of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Doc in 2017 and 2018.
Jacqueline Berman, MOTR/L
Jackie is a New Jersey licensed Occupational Therapist with over 7 years of experience working with individuals across a lifespan. Jackie has had clinical affiliations working with children across a variety of settings, including schools, special programs for young adults with brain injury, and inpatient children’s hospitals. Jackie has worked with adults in various settings, including sub-acute and inpatient rehabilitation, and is specialized in treating people who have suffered neurological or neurodegenerative impairments. She is skilled at the evaluation and assessment of visual/perceptual, cognitive, and motor impairments and developing comprehensive treatment plans to maximize an individual’s level of function.
The Listening Program
Therapeutic Listening is a specific sound-based intervention that is embedded in a developmental and sensory integration perspective.
The Alert Program®, with its user-friendly approach, helps anyone articulate their inner experience of self-regulation (how alert they feel). The program emphasizes how to change alert levels throughout the day, making it easy to get out of bed, work, play, learn, relax, socialize, and go to bed.
Physical Agent Modalities
One class of treatments are called Physical Agent Modalities (PAMs). The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) describes PAMs as equipment including superficial and thermal agents, electrotherapeutic agents, and mechanical devices.
Arnadottir Neurobehavioural Evaluation
The Arnadottir OT-ADL Neurobehavioural Evaluation (A-One) evaluates the impact of neurobehavioural impairment on functional performance of activities of daily living (ADL).