Occupational Therapy for Adults
At Emerge Pediatric Therapy, our highly trained occupational therapists are equipped with the tools to help support adults with persisting sensory processing differences. Adults may receive occupational therapy at Emerge to address sensory concerns including auditory and tactile sensitivities, difficulty organizing or executing their daily routine, retained active reflexes, difficulties managing stress or feelings of overwhelm, and/or discomfort in busy and complex environments.
Our occupational therapists can help adults succeed in meeting the daily occupations of adulthood: work, school, daily self-care routines, leisure activities, social engagement, or sleep. Many adults have experienced sensory processing differences their whole lives without receiving support. These adults misinterpret everyday sensory information, such as touch, movement and sound. They may feel bombarded by the sensory world or seek out intense sensory experiences. This can lead to difficulties with executing their daily routines or fully participating in work or leisure activities. The occupational therapists at Emerge have advanced training in assessing and treating sensory processing and sensory integration disorders. They use a person-centered approach, selecting activities designed to give each client the ‘just-right’ challenge to facilitate developmental and/or behavioral change and promote positive self-concept.
Here are some signs of sensory processing difficulties:
- Overly sensitive or under reactive to touch, movement, sights, or sounds
- Difficulty with emotional regulation
- Easily overwhelmed
- Feelings of being “stuck” in survival mode
- Difficulty with transitions, or abrupt changes in plans
- Difficulty with everyday activities like eating, sleeping, and completing daily routines
- Difficulty focussing, or feeling “productive”