Occupational Therapy

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Overview of Service

The Occupational Therapists at Holland Connections design an individualized treatment plan in order to maximize functional participation in meaningful activities. Our therapists have specialized training in a wide variety of interventions to meet your child’s needs. If your child is struggling to meet developmental milestones on time, please contact our team to schedule an evaluation, or to learn more about our program.

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Occupational Therapy Interventions and Techniques

  • Fine Motor Coordination
  • Gross Motor Coordination
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Visual-Motor Coordination
  • Vocational Skills
  • Play/Leisure
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Sensory Integration
  • Astronaut Training 
  • Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI)
  • Lymphedema Treatment
  • Professional Crisis Management (PCM)

Developmental Milestones Related to Occupational Therapy

  • 9-11 Months:

    • Crawls 5 feet
    • Raises to stand using stable surface for support
    • Moves from standing to sitting
    • Maintains balance in standing position
    • Claps hands
    • Removes both socks
    • Uses pincer grasp
  • 12-14 Months:

    • Walks using adult’s hand
    • Walks 5 steps without support
    • Creeps up stairs on hands and knees
    • Throws ball
    • Opens book
  • 15-18 Months:

    • Creeps backwards down steps
    • Walks up 4 steps without support
    • Walks quickly
    • Walks backward
    • Stacks 2-3 cubes
  • 19-24 Months:

    • Runs forward
    • Jumps without loss of balance
    • Kicks ball
    • Throws underhand
    • Turns pages in a book
    • Draws vertical lines
    • Allows tooth brushing/holds toothbrush
    • Uses a spoon to eat
    • Assists with dressing
  • 2-2.5 Years:

    • Walks down steps without support
    • Jumps down from an object without assistance
    • Walks on tiptoes
    • Snips with scissors
    • Draws horizontal lines
    • Folds paper
    • Strings beads
    • Lifts cup with 2 hands
    • Rubs hands together for hand washing
    • Assists with fasteners on clothing
    • Removes socks and shoes
  • 2.5-3 Years:

    • Jumps forward 24 inches
    • Walks up 4 steps using alternating feet
    • Catches ball
    • Draws a circle
    • Copies simple block designs
    • Uses a fork to eat
    • Brushes teeth
    • Removes shirt
    • Removes pants
  • 3-3.5 Years:

    • Runs quickly
    • Walks on a line
    • Balances on 1 foot for 5 seconds
    • Cuts paper into 2 pieces using scissors
    • Cuts on a line
    • Copies a cross
    • Unfastens 3 buttons on a button strip
    • Puts on pants excluding fasteners
    • Toilet trained (bladder)
  • 3.5-4 Years:

    • Hops on 1 foot
    • Fastens buttons on a button strip
    • Puts on shirt
    • Puts on socks
    • Attempts wiping after toileting
    • Brushes hair
    • Toilet trained (bowel)
  • 4-4.5 Years:

    • Completes forward roll
    • Gallops
    • Draws a square
    • Cuts out simple shapes
    • Washes body when bathing
    • Puts on a front opening shirt
    • Zips/unzips clothing
  • 4.5-5 Years:

    • Skips
    • Imitates arm positions
    • Completes 3 sit-ups
    • Colors between lines
    • Snaps/unsnaps
    • Takes off clothes and unfastens fasteners
    • Toilet trained at night
  • 5-6 Years:

    • Completes 5 sit-ups
    • Completes 8 push-ups
    • Bounces and catches a small ball
    • Uses a knife for eating
    • Puts on clothes with fasteners
    • Puts shoes on correct feet
  • 6-7 Years: 

    • Latches zipper
    • Prepares toothbrush and thoroughly brushes teeth
    • Blows and wipes nose independently
    • Washes and dries face
    • Dries body after bathing
    • Ties shoelaces

Common Diagnoses That Might Benefit From Occupational Therapy

  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Auditory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Childhood Stroke
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Delayed Milestones
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Feeding Difficulties
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
  • Fine Motor Delays
  • Generalized Weakness
  • Genetic/Chromosomal Disorders
  • Global Developmental Delays
  • Hemiparesis
  • High Muscle Tone
  • Kabuki Syndrome
  • Kawasaki Disease 
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Low Muscle Tone
  • Mitochondrial Disorder
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Oral Motor Weakness
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Post-Surgical Needs
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
  • Prematurity
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder
  • Reading Disorders
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)
  • Specific Learning Impairments (SLI)
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke/Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Torticollis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Williams Syndrome
  • Vestibular Problems

*Your child does not need a medical or educational diagnosis to qualify for Occupational Therapy services.

Our mission at Holland Connections is to help individuals across the lifespan gain or regain functional independence within meaningful activities in order to live life to the fullest. Whether it is teaching a child with a diagnosis of autism to speak their first words or helping an adult who experienced a traumatic brain injury regain skills to return to work, our team of passionate Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists is committed to facilitating life-long learning in a safe and supportive environment. The members of the multidisciplinary team at Holland Connections specialize in the development of client-centered programming and implementation of evidence-based interventions to assist individuals with reaching their greatest potential while having fun along the way.

Holland Connections

West Location (housed within Holland Center):
10273 Yellow Circle Dr. Minnetonka, MN 55343

East Location (housed within Holland Center):
1160 Centre Pointe Drive Mendota Heights, MN 55120

Eden Prairie Location (housed within Holland Life): 6533 Flying Cloud Drive Suite 200 Eden Prairie MN 55344