Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Who We Are

Occupational therapists (OTs) are health care professionals who help children learn or re-learn to manage the every day activities that are important to them.  Occupational therapists at Niagara Children’s Centre help children to develop the skills needed to participate as independently as possible in their daily routines through the use of therapeutic strategies and adapted activities.  Occupational Therapists work directly with children and their caregivers to improve their functional abilities to engage in: 

  • Productivity (for example printing and play skills)
  • Self Care  (for example feeding, dressing and bathing)
  • Leisure activities (ways to have fun)

Occupational therapy is a regulated health care profession in Ontario.


OT’s at Niagara Children’s Centre provide single discipline and team-based services in the following programs:

  • Augmentative communication
  • Infant and preschool services
  • School aged services, including Niagara Children’s Centre School
  • Seating and mobility
  • Splinting and Casting


Happy Meals

  • Parent Education program for parents of children of any age who are picky eaters or resistant to eating foods with a variety of textures
  • Based on Food Chaining principles
  • Sessions will be offered based on identified demand

Sensory Group

  • Parent Education for children experiencing difficulties with sensory regulation/processing
  • Sessions facilitated by Occupational Therapists
  • Sessions will be offered based on identified demand

Emotional Regulation 

Educational session for parents and/or caregivers to offer strategies to teach children how to identify emotions and how to cope with these emotions.


Contact reception to register for all groups, or to indicate interest in the next available session.

Contact and Referrals

For all OT referrals, please call (905) 688-1890 ext 110


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Resources and Links

  • College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario

    The College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario is the organization established by the provincial government to oversee the practices of occupational therapists in Ontario.
  • Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists

    This is the society of OT’s with information about the profession.

  • Drawing to Painting

    Informational handout.
  • Drawing Skills

    Informational handout.
  • Design Copy Skills

    Informational handout.
  • Calming Ways to Position Your Premature Baby

    Informational handout.
  • Backpack Safety Tips

  • Dressing

    Informational handout.
  • Fine Motor Skills for Preschoolers

    Informational handout.
  • Pencil Grasp

    Informational handout.
  • Pre-Printing Activities

    Informational handout on ideas of activities and exercises to do to help your child to learn how the shapes of the letters are drawn.
  • Scissor Skills

    Informational handout.
  • Suggestions for Picky Eaters

    Informational handout.
  • Toileting

    Informational handout.
  • Family Education Calendar

    Winter 2020 Parent Education Calendar