Frequently Asked Questions

What is pediatric occupational therapy?

Pediatric occupational therapy uses evidence-based strategies and play-based interventions to help children develop or improve important skills they need to be successful in everyday life. The goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to help children develop the underlying skills they need to function independently. Occupational therapy helps children overcome sensory, motor, behavioral, social, and learning issues that affect their ability to perform everyday tasks such as school skills, play skills, and self-care skills.

How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?

If you’re concerned about your child’s physical, emotional or social progress, call our office at 303.351.1828 or email us at karina@skills4lifeot.com to set up a free consultation. We’d be happy to discuss your areas of concern and determine if occupational therapy is right for your child. Typical areas of concern include:

  • Coordination
  • Motor skill development
  • Handwriting or Keyboarding
  • Learning disabilities
  • Completing tasks that seem easy for their peers
  • Visual skills including visual perceptual skills and ocular motor skills
  • Behavioral challenges or social skill issues
  • Ability to pay attention or participate in age-appropriate activities
  • Confidence, self-esteem, or self-image
  • Executive function skills (Problem Solving, Organizing, Planning, Focusing, Study Skills)
How Could My Child Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

Every parent wants their child to be skilled, confident, and independent. Occupational therapist work with children to achieve the following results:

  • help children, including those with physical disabilities, develop or improve their gross and fine motor skills
  • develop good handwriting and/or keyboarding skills
  • address hand-eye coordination, such as batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.
  • teach children with developmental delays to do basic daily activities – bathing, dressing, brushing their teeth – on their own
  • help children with behavioral disorders learn how to control their impulses and emotional or physical outbursts
  • work with children to improve focus and social skills
What services does Skills 4 Life Pediatric Occupational Therapy offer?

Skills 4 Life Pediatric Occupational Therapy offers the following services:
Handwriting evaluation, instruction, and remediation (Pre-K – 12th Grade) based on the Handwriting Without Tears® curriculum
Keyboarding evaluations and instruction (1st Grade through high school)
Gross and fine motor skills training
Activities of daily living
Organizational/Executive Function skillsSelf-Regulation Strategies
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Classes (Ages 8-10)
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tweens/Teens Classes (Ages 11-15)

How will my child be evaluated?

The evaluation process begins with a phone interview to gather information from the parents, discuss the areas of concern and determine whether occupational therapy at Skills 4 Life is right for your child. Then, the first appointment will be scheduled and parents will be asked to fill out a brief case history. The therapist will establish a rapport with the student and conduct a variety of assessments, including clinical observations, screenings, and standardized tests. The session will be catered to the unique needs of each child. Evaluations last between one to three hours. Once the student has been evaluated, the therapist will discuss the results with the parents and recommend a treatment plan, including individual or group sessions.

How long are the sessions?

All individual sessions are 50 minutes.

What can I expect from individual sessions?

A therapist will work one-on-one with your child using fun, engaging and innovative therapies to develop or improve skills related to the areas of concern. Intervention approaches vary based on the individual needs of the child. Parents may be asked to observe or participate in sessions for optimal follow-through at home. The long-term goal is to promote the healthy development of each child so they achieve and maintain independence in their home, school, and community.

What can I expect from group sessions?

Your child will be placed with one or two students who are working on the same type of goals at a similar development level. Availability of group sessions depends on whether a child can be matched with compatible peers.

How many sessions will my child need?

The number of sessions needed for improvement varies based on the individual, the range and severity of the issues being addressed, and the rate at which your child learns.

How do I schedule an evaluation?

You may schedule an evaluation by calling our office at 303.351.1828 or emailing us at karina@skills4lifeot.com.

What is your financial policy?

Full payment is due at the time of your child’s session. Skills 4 Life accepts cash or personal checks.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact Skills 4 Life by phone or email at least 24 hours in advance. The full payment will be charged for cancellations, no shows, or changes received within 24 hours of a scheduled appointment. Emergency situations will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Does Skills 4 Life accept insurance?

No. Skills 4 Life does not accept insurance. However, we recommend that you contact your insurance company and ask them whether they’ll reimburse you for “out of network” services. We can provide you with a superbill you can submit for possible reimbursement. If you’d like to schedule a session, have questions, or need additional information, please contact Skills 4 Life by phone at 303.351.1828 or email at karina@skills4lifeot.com.

Does Skills 4 Life provide in-school services?

Yes. Skills 4 Life Pediatric Occupational Therapy currently provides services in some private schools in Boulder. If you’d like more information, please contact Skills 4 Life by phone at 303.351.1828 or email at karina@skills4lifeot.com.