Occupational Therapy

Sierra Therapy Group has been providing effective pediatric occupational therapy services to the Reno area since 2008. We would love to meet you and your child and see how we can help!

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Autism
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Behavioral Health Issues
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Handwriting and Scissor Skills
  • Visual-Perceptual and Visual-Motor Deficits
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Developmental Delays
  • Self-Care Skills (bathing, dressing, feeding, and toileting)
  • Postural Control/Balance
  • Attention

Programs we offer:

  • Strong Kids™ Social & Emotional Learning Curriculum
  • ALERT Program for self-regulation and sensory processing

Information about the areas of occupational therapy:

What is sensory processing?

Sensory processing is how we transform sensory information from within our own bodies and the external environment into messages we can act on. Our senses work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it.

What is sensory processing disorder?

Sensory processing disorder is a problem with the way children use sensory information for self-regulation and skill development.

What are fine motor skills?

Fine motor skills refer to a person’s control over the small muscles of their hands. Fine motor skills targeted in occupational therapy services include handwriting, manipulating small objects (e.g. blocks, zippers, puzzle pieces), and dexterity.

What are self-help/self-care/hygiene skills?

This area of occupational therapy addresses daily life skills such as dressing, bathing, brushing teeth, using the toilet, eating and drinking. As children get older, we expect them to become more and more independent with these skills. Occupational therapy can help with this process.

The Benefits of Occupational Therapy at Sierra Therapy Group:

  • Standardized and informal evaluations of fine motor, gross motor and sensory processing skills
  • Emphasis on partnering with and supporting parents
  • Parents are welcome to be involved in all occupational therapy sessions
  • We enjoy providing parent education and welcome input and questions from parents!

What is Occupational Therapy?

  • Overall, a child’s occupation consists of playing, growing, and learning. Occupational therapy provides children and their families the skills to interact in multiple environments successfully and independently. Some areas targeted include play skills, social skills, eating and drinking, sensory processing, fine motor skills such as handwriting and cutting, and self-care skills such as bathing and dressing. Occupational therapy also provides intervention to allow children to meet their developmental milestones.

    To maximize children’s learning, we use a play-based therapeutic model. Learning is an interactive process; therefore, we use hands-on activities and games which allow children to participate actively in the sessions.

How do you know your child would benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Click here to complete a Sensory Profile Checklist

See the resources page for links to explore typical development of self-help skills, fine motor, and coordination skills