Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT)
Occupational therapy (OT) helps children and students (age birth to 21) develop skills they need to successfully function in everyday life. These skills or “jobs” that children perform daily include activities for success at home, in school, and everywhere a child may go! Children with developmental delays, or special needs, may have difficulty with these simple tasks and other functions, such as age-appropriate play, interpreting sensory information, transitioning throughout the day, or having the appropriate fine motor strength to complete school work. Children who are unable to efficiently process sensory information may struggle with speech, fine and gross motor skills, social skills and regulating their emotions, and may have trouble learning in school or following directions in the home. Occupational therapy uses a holistic approach in looking at all aspects of a child’s health, emphasizing his or her strengths, and what is meaningful to the child and family.
Physical therapy (PT) in pediatrics aims to improve mobility and help them participate with their families, peers, and at school. Children who may need PT may need help with balance, coordination, and meeting gross motor milestones, such as rolling, sitting, walking, running, and climbing. Physical Therapy aims to look at the child and family as a whole, taking a holistic approach to helping the child and parent meet goals for mobility...and play!
About the Owner/Occupational Therapist
Meet Dr. Ali Temple, OTR/L
Dr. Ali Temple received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in 2018. She has experience providing skilled, therapeutic services in outpatient pediatric clinics, public and private day-school settings, and in-home. Dr. Temple has worked with students and children aged 6 months to 21 years old with diagnoses to include Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Delay, Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, behavioral difficulties (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, etc.), and feeding difficulties.
Dr. Temple founded First Priority Occupational Therapy, LLC in April of 2021 to provide virtual, in-home, and private school-based occupational therapy services in and around the greater Richmond, Virginia area. She enjoys building rapport with families all while providing fun, therapeutic activities to meet individualized goals!