Mental Health and Trauma Informed Care
Children who experience mental health challenges and/or trauma such as abuse or neglect often experience sensory processing differences that contribute to overall mental health needs. Current trends in mental health intervention include the recognition of the need to develop foundational sensory and motor processes in order support progress through other types of therapies. Additionally, many children who struggle with sensory, motor, and regulatory skills also struggle with anxiety and social-emotional coping.
In addition to sensory processing interventions, we also provide mental health interventions specific to OT. This includes the use of purposeful activity to build skills, self-worth, and self-esteem. Our interventions are specific to the individual and often include areas such as: task skills and the use of tasks for mental health, mind-body interventions, and the development of leisure skills. Skills for developing self-awareness and coping skills are often instrumental to therapy plans. Services are provided through individual and/or group formats. At Prana, we believe that the best outcomes are achieved when combining sensory processing with these mental health interventions.
Many children who struggle with mental health also have processing differences that can affect their progress in the academic setting. School observations and consultations including IEP and 504 development are often helpful for these children and their teams. It is our goal to provide children and adolescents with a wholistic and specialized approach to addressing their mental health needs and to consult with team members for a comprehensive approach to serving these children and their families.