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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is the promotion of health by enabling people who may be limited by injuries or impairments to complete meaningful and purposeful occupations. Although many definitions exist, occupation can be defined as the active processes of looking after ourselves as well as others--while being socially and economically productive throughout our lives. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and entire communities to promote health through an active involvement in occupation. For a child, these meaningful and purposeful occupations include a myriad of activities including jumping, climbing, drawing, eating, swinging, and running. Our occupational therapists at Centra Pedaitric Therapy play a critical role in the development of children by facilitating motor development, coordination skills, and cognitive and social development.

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Our services and treatments help improve:

  Feeding treatments

  Oral defensiveness

  Swallowing disorders

  Oral motor delays

  Feeding behavior issues

  Self-feeding delays

  Developmental treatments

  Gross and fine motor skills

  Sensory integrative dysfunction

  Developmental delays with play

  Self helping skills

  Handwriting skills

  Sensory diet specialists

  And more


How do I know if my child needs an occupational therapist?

If you think that your child may need an occupational therapist for any reason, please contact for an evaluation of your child. We can be reached at (714) 731-4668 or

Parents should seek an occupational therapist for an evaluation if their children exhibit any of the following:

Birth to 2 months:

  • Does not grasp objects when placed on the palm
  • Does not lift one foot after the other when helped with walking

3 months to 5 months:

  • Has difficulty raising arms and legs in smooth fluid motions
  • Does not maintain balance while sitting
  • Cannot obtain an object (eg. Rattle) on his own.

6 months to 8 months:

  • Cannot use arms to move forward 3 feet
  • Unable to sit alone unsupported
  • Cannot crumple paper with palms

9 months to 11 months:

  • Unable to use table objects for support to get into standing position
  • Falls when lowering self from standing to sitting position
  • Has problems maintaining balance while sitting and manipulating toy
  • Cannot release an object (eg. Cube) into adult hand
  • Cannot clap hands on own

12 months to 14 months:

  • Unable to walk unaided for 5 steps
  • Fails to maintain balance while rotating head in kneeling position
  • Does not smoothly stir a spoon in a cup

15 months to 18 months:

  • Cannot quickly walk 10 feet
  • Unable to walk backwards 5 steps

19 months to 24 months:

  • Cannot run forward 10 feet without falling
  • Unable to walk sideways for 10 feet while leading with the same food
  • Cannot jump forward 4 inches without falling
  • Unable kick ball forward 3 feet
  • Unable to throw a ball 3 feet underhanded
  • Has difficulty drawing a smooth vertical line

25 months to 30 months:

  • Cannot walk down 4 steps without support
  • Unable to run 30 feet
  • Needs assistance when jumping down from a 16 inch object
  • Cannot properly stack 8 to 10 blocks

31 months to 36 months:

  • Cannot simultaneously both feet to jump 2 feet forward
  • Cannot stand on one foot for 3 seconds
  • Unable to draw a smooth circle

37 months to 42 months:

  • Cannot run 15 yards in 6 seconds or less
  • Unable to balance on one foot for 5 seconds
  • Cannot cut paper into two even pieces
  • Has problems tracing a horizontal line

43 months to 48 months:

  • Has problems standing on toes without moving
  • With an overhand toss, is unable to hit a target 5 feet away

49 months to 54 months:

  • Cannot complete a perfect forward roll without deviating 15 degrees
  • Unable to hit a target 20 feet away with an overhand toss
  • Has difficulty drawing a square
  • Unable to quickly touch each finger to thumb

55 months to 60 months:

  • Cannot independently complete 3 proper sit ups
  • Has difficulty folding paper in half with edges parallel
  • Cannot easily color between vertical lines

61 months to 72 months+:

  • Cannot hop 20 feet in 6 seconds or less
  • Has trouble doing 5 proper sit ups
  • Has problems doing 8 proper push ups
  • Cannot fold paper in half twice with edges parallel