Therapy for Self-Care Skill Challenges
in Massapequa & East Northport, NY

Children who struggle with self-care skills can have trouble in many aspects of their daily lives. At Sensational Development, we aim to help children, teens, young adults, and their families overcome developmental challenges for a brighter future. We understand the long-term impacts that self-care skill challenges can cause, which is why we use proven occupational and sensory integration therapy techniques to help children reach their fullest potentials. Keep reading to learn more about what self-care skills are, what can cause challenges, and how pediatric therapy can help.

What Are Self-Care Skills?

Self-care skills are essential skills that everyone needs to be independent and able to take care of themselves. These can be any of your child’s developmental skills as they relate to self-care, such as:

  • Fine motor skills – for getting dressed, self-feeding, writing, brushing teeth, etc.
  • Gross motor skills – for going to the bathroom and bathing
  • Cognitive skills – for following self-care routines like washing hands after using the restroom

What Causes Self-Care Skill Challenges?

Several conditions can impact a child’s ability to engage in self-care tasks, whether due to challenges with physical movement or cognitive development. Common conditions that can impact a child’s ability to participate in their own self-care include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Integration
  • Challenges
  • Brachial Plexus Injuries

How Self-Care Skill Challenges Can Affect Your Child's Growth

Self-care skills are vital for your child’s success in many areas of life. Not only are they important for your child’s physical wellbeing and health, but they are also important for academic, social, and professional success later in life. Without treatment, your child may be limited in the activities they can do, the places they can go, and the responsibilities they can have in life.

For example, if your child struggles to successfully use the bathroom on their own, they may not be able to participate in field trips, sleepovers, or other activities where you may not be there to help them. If they struggle with hygiene or self-feeding, this can impact their participation in school and, if it carries over into adulthood, their ability to join the workforce and reach for their future career goals. This is why occupational therapy is vital for your child’s overall success and wellbeing.

How Pediatric Therapy Helps Children Overcome Self-Care Skill Challenges

At Sensational Development, our experienced pediatric therapists conduct thorough evaluations to understand the unique needs of each child with self-care challenges. We can address your child’s specific challenges through proven occupational therapy and sensory integration therapy techniques to help build the skills they need for independence and confidence. With routine therapy, we can help your child gain the skills they need to: 

  • Get dressed and undressed
  • Take care of their own hygiene
  • Feed themselves successfully
  • Remember self-care routines
  • And much more

How Pediatric Therapy Helps Children with Brachial Plexus Injuries

At Sensational Development, our experienced pediatric therapists conduct thorough evaluations to understand the unique needs of each child with a brachial plexus injury. We work with your child’s physician as needed to ensure that your child receives the right care for their needs. With your support, our expert pediatric therapists can help your child:

  • Improve their strength, coordination, and range of motion
  • Gain the ability to participate in daily tasks
  • Build their fine motor skills
  • Learn to use adaptive equipment as needed

Schedule an Appointment Today

If your child is struggling with self-care skills, Sensational Development is here to support their growth and independence. Give us a call at (516) 799-2900 to schedule an evaluation, and let’s work together to empower your child with the skills they need for a sensational future.