Occupational Therapy

More Than Words Therapy services provide services in Clarksville, TN that support and promote the achievement of a child’s independence and overall development.

Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. A child’s occupation is to learn, grow, develop, and to play! Therapeutic activities may include physical play such as jumping, climbing and fine motor tasks such as buttoning, getting dressed, feeding, and writing. Some children have difficulty meeting their age appropriate developmental skills.  Children may require assistance to achieve these skills that propel them into adulthood. At More Than Words…Therapy Services, we help children develop necessary skills so that their transition into adulthood becomes a path to an independent and rewarding life.

Our occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention and consultation in the following areas:
  • Fine Motor/Handwriting Skill Development
  • Play and Socialization
  • Sensory Integration, Sensory Diets, and home programs
  • Feeding and Oral Motor Needs, Picky Feeders and food avoidance
  • Self Help Skills & Activities of Daily living
  • Environmental Adaptations for Home and School Settings
  • Visual motor and visual perceptual skills
  • Strength and Endurance

Our therapists help children develop the skills to perform the tasks of their everyday lives using creative methods to motivate the children and to ensure their experience at More Than Words…Therapy Services is successful and enjoyable! We value our relationships with caregivers, teachers and physicians, and realize that collaboration is essential to create effective carry-over from the clinic to home and school. At More Than Words…Therapy Services, a nurturing environment is emphasized with holistic support for development of motor and sensory skills in children with autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory integration dysfunction, and other special needs.

Our Services Also Include:
  • Comprehensive evaluations and treatment for children
  • Home & School Consultations with Caregivers
  • Developmental Screenings
  • Oral Sensory / Oral Motor and Feeding Skills Groups
  • Individualized and Family Focused Treatment
  • Pediatric Yoga
  • In-service Training and Workshops for Family and Community
  • Oral Motor/Feeding Evaluation and Treatment

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in the Educational Setting: Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), occupational therapy and physical therapy are defined as “related services,” which students with disabilities who receive special education are entitled to, only if it will help them benefit from their special education program. Public schools are mandated to provide free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment to children with disabilities who need special education and related services. This means that to the maximum extent possible, students with disabilities should be educated with students without disabilities. Occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners working in the school setting must therefore focus on improving a child’s functional skills as related to his or her performance in the educational environment. Occupational therapy and physical therapy service delivery is integrated in the school environment to the greatest extent possible and involves collaboration with the educational staff.