Occupational Therapy

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About Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps children develop the basic sensory awareness and motor skills needed for motor development, learning, and activities of daily living. An pediatric occupational therapist can work with your child on the following areas: body awareness (proprioceptive sense), coordination of movements between the two sides of the body (“crossing the midline”), fine motor control and organization, motor planning, ocular motor skills, visual perceptual skills, self-regulation, and sensory modulation (reaction to stimulus).  Occupational therapists work with the family, parents, caregivers and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviors which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and functioning.

Tri-County Therapy is currently providing Occupational Therapy in Charleston and surrounding areas! We plan to expand Occupational Therapy services to the Upstate soon!

Charleston areas: Daniel Island, Goose Creek, Hanahan, James Island, Johns Island, Ladson, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Summerville, West Ashley

Call (888) 510-6369 |  Fax (888) 510-9156

Email info@tricountytherapy.com

Development Areas

Fine motor skills generally refer to the small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips, and tongue. Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands, such as when fastening buttons and using a pencil. Efficient fine motor skills require a number of independent skills to work together to appropriately manipulate the object or perform the task.

Oculomotor Dysfunction is a fairly common eye problem in which people are unable to follow a moving object accurately (pursuit fixation) or unable to quickly shift their eyes from one point of fixation to another (saccadic fixation is necessary for tracking skills while reading or copying). Vision therapy from a qualitied occupational therapist is typically required for remediation.

The maturing of the five familiar senses: hearing, smell, taste, touch, and vision. It involves the way your child’s nervous system receives input from these senses and then forms an appropriate motor or behavioral response, also known as sensory processing.

Occupational Service Areas

Handwriting Without Tears® aims to make legible and fluent handwriting a skill that children can master easily. HWT curriculum design, teaching strategies, and compelling lessons make it easy for parents to teach Handwriting Without Tears in the home, in only 15 minutes per day. Strategies for effective teaching are clear and simple to follow. There are also tips for helping your child overcome specific handwriting difficulties.

For more information, visit: http://www.hwtears.com/hwt

A healthy vestibular system is important to all of us, not only astronauts. This practical protocol is utilized for improving function in the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad through the use of music & sounds to accompany the activities.

For more information, visit: http://www.vitalsounds.com/default.aspx

Kinesio Taping gives support and stability to your joints and muscles without affecting circulation and range of motion. It is also used for Preventive Maintenance, Edema, and to treat pain.

Therapeutic Listening is a comprehensive, multi-faceted sound-based approach that involves much more than just the ears. Like other sensory systems, the auditory system does not work in isolation. Neurologically it is connected to all levels of brain function and as a result it has a vast range of influence. How we listen impacts not only our overall physiology, but also our behavior.

Therapeutic Listening is a specific sound-based intervention that is embedded in a developmental and sensory integration perspective. The music in Therapeutic Listening gives the listener unique and precisely controlled sensory information. The music is electronically modified to highlight the parts of the sound spectrum that naturally capture attention and activate body movement, synchronizing it with the environment. Therapeutic Listening uses electronic modifications, along with the organized, rhythmical sound patterns inherent in music, to trigger the self-organizing capacities of the nervous system.

For more information, visit: https://vitallinks.com/therapeutic-listening/

A form of occupational therapy in which special exercises are used to strengthen the patient’s sense of touch (tactile), sense of balance (vestibular), and sense of where the body and its parts are in space (proprioceptive). It appears to be effective for helping patients with movement disorders or severe under- or over-sensitivity to sensory input.

Several of Tri-County Therapy’s Physical and Occupational Therapists have participated in The Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration course provides the foundation for professionals and parents to understand the importance of primary motor reflex pattern maturation, why a reflex might not be integrated, the impact a non-integrated reflex can have, and the MNRI techniques designed to assess and integrate reflexes. Primary motor reflex patterns emerge along a predictable developmental continuum, with each successive reflex emerging to secure a child’s survival and protection as his system matures and advances. When adequately engaged, each reflex anchors neurologically more deeply a physiological, emotional and psychological sense of security, freeing an infant to focus on exploring, learning, and fully advancing through all stages of primary motor reflex maturation.


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Department Staff

We Are National Board Certified in Occupational Therapy

Adair Turturro, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Amy Elgin, MSOL, OTR/L, BCP

Occupational Therapist, Clinical Director

Anna Harris, MOT, OTR/L

Bilingual Occupational Therapist

Annika Jansson, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Danielle Trout, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth Bilbrey, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Erica Brooks, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Georgia Berbert, MSOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Gwyn Joyce, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Jana Kitch, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Laura Murphy, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Liviana Sacco, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Matthew Husband, MOT, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist

Rachel Harrelson Merrick, MOT, OTR/L

Lead Occupational Therapist

Suiter Coxe, MS, OTR/L

Occupational Therapist