Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on a child’s fine motor skills, self help skills, and sensory development. At Downtown Kids Therapy our therapists are trained to evaluate each child, and develop a treatment plan to help the child reach their goals.

 

OT Services Provided

Occupational therapy utilizes a child-centered approach in assessing and treating functional skills and everyday activities. A child’s most important “occupation” is play, therefore therapy incorporates meaningful tasks in order to promote a child’s development, independence and well-being.

Occupational therapists:

  • Assess and treat sensory processing difficulties

  • Increase independence with self-care skills such as dressing and self-feeding

  • Practice social interactions through peer play

  • Improve upper extremity muscle strength, endurance, and motor planning skills

  • Assist with skills needed for school readiness, including pre-writing and handwriting

  • Collaborate with other service providers including teachers, physical therapists, and speech therapists to promote carryover of skills in all domains

  • Provide families with home education programs and resources to help in home and school

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEAM

Sara Jensen, MS, OTR/L

Sara is a co-founder of Downtown Kids Therapy. She graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. She has worked in various settings including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, and an outpatient clinic for the past four years, but has found her passion working with children in a sensory gym environment. She has been trained in Therapeutic Listening, the ALERT Program, Handwriting Without Tears, and Self-Regulation in Children. Sara was awarded “Best in Patient Care” in 2018 by the American Health Council.

 
 

Elizabeth FineSmith, MS, OTR/L

Elizabeth received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Neuroscience and Dance at Connecticut College and her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from New York University.
Elizabeth has provided treatment in special needs schools, outpatient facilities and pediatric therapy gyms, where she conducted evaluations and provided individual, consultative, and group treatment sessions. She has worked with children ranging from 2-21 years of age with a variety of diagnoses including autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD, sensory progressing disorder, learning disabilities, and general developmental delays. She has also provided consultation services including teacher/parent education, sensory diets, and home exercise programs.

Elizabeth has completed continuing education courses in the areas of sensory processing/modulation disorders, visual processing difficulties, as well as the Handwriting Without Tears®, Therapeutic Listening® and Astronaut Training programs.