Occupational Therapy

Mini Minds specializes in providing collaborative, comprehensive, family-driven solutions to maximize the success and improve the lives of children with sensory processing, behavioral, fine and gross motor development, executive functioning, strength and endurance, and other challenges. Each child is unique, and our team of occupational therapists are experts in identifying and maximizing your child’s strengths, while building on the skills they need to enhance, to meet the demands of everyday life. Rather than traditional therapy models, our plan is both driven and implemented by
the family to create customized strategies and lifestyle modifications for home, school, and play.
 
Sensory processing challenges result from difficulty receiving, organizing, and processing sensory information and can lead to difficulties with self-regulation, motor planning, attention, problem solving, and behavior control. It also affects our interpersonal/social skills. Through our child-centered interventions, your child will learn to understand how actions affect relationships, understand the nuances of social skills, what is expected in social situations, and the concept of the “gray area.”


We will start with an initial evaluation, with both you and your child, and learn about your child’s unique strengths and skills. This initial evaluation will be customized, based on the needs indicated on your intake form, and include a mix of formal and informal assessments to evaluate your child’s skills. Common areas of assessment include:

               Sensory processing challenges, including difficulties with sustaining attention/focus, tolerating various sensory

               input, behavioral control, emotional regulation, and interpersonal/social skills.

 

               Executive functioning, such as problem solving, organizing, and coordinating daily tasks and schedules at school,

               home, and other environments.


               Fine motor, gross motor, and visual motor skills, including handwriting, coordination, and play skills.
 
Following your initial evaluation, we will meet to discuss the results of the assessments and develop goals and a plan to target the skills your child needs to maximize success and participation. Follow-up sessions are based on your child’s

needs. We can even provide feedback to coaches, providers, teachers, and other caregivers to increase occupational performance across environments.
 

Common goals include:
               

               ​Collaborate to develop customized, child and family strategies to improve sensory regulation, attention and   

               focus at home and in the classroom.

               Learn specific strategies to help your child improve their attention, endurance, and participation in school

                related tasks such as handwriting, social skills, typing, and play.


               Develop home programs and lifestyle modifications that promote opportunities for sensory, emotional, and

               educational enrichment for your child.


               Adapt, add, or remove specific sensory, behavioral, or emotional regulation strategies, as your child gains

               increased self-regulation skills and their sensory processing needs change.


               Adjust modifications made to your child’s routine or environment, as needs and expectations change at home,

               school, and at other activities.

Click on the pictures to learn more specific details about how this approach might look with some common struggles.

child anxiety

My child struggles with

sensory modulation... 

inattentive child

My child struggles with

executive functioning... 

child depression

My child struggles with

sensory-based motor... 

hyperactive child

My child struggles with

self-care... 

child anger

My child struggles with

fine motor skills... 

My child struggles with

strength & endurance... 

Mini Minds LLC   ~   580 East Carmel Drive, Suite 400, Carmel, Indiana   ~   p(317)564-8332   ~   f(317)660-6225  ~   info@miniminds.org