Occupational therapy

The pediatric occupational therapist works with the child (0-21 years old) and the parent to promote the accomplishment of activities and the acquisition of age-appropriate autonomy. Through his vision and his ability to analyze the dynamics between the child’s abilities, his environment and the components required for the activity, the occupational therapist proposes a treatment plan adapted to his client. While occupational therapists are typically sought after to promote skills such as the development of fine motor skills (pencil, scissors) and the ability to perform at school, they can also help your child or teenager with the following difficulties:

  • Externalized behavioral problems
  • Difficulty with coordination – Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulties with eating
  • Difficulties of acquisition in terms of cleanliness or regression in relation to cleanliness
  • Sensory particularities affecting functioning such as hyper-responsiveness (sensitivity to sounds, touches and smells) or hyperreactivity (child having difficulty controlling his strength or moving around constantly).
  • Any other difficulty affecting the child’s achievement in life.

Cost: $100/hour

Our occupational therapy professional:

Benjamin Pandev-Girard graduated from the Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy at the Université de Sherbrooke in 2013 and is a member in good standing of the Ordre des ergothérapeutes du Québec. Since the end of his career, he has been very interested in the pediatric clientele, particularly the impact of stress and psychological trauma on the development and regulation of emotions. His practice is based on hundreds of hours of continuing education in order to offer an assessment and treatment to his clients and their families that are effective and based on current knowledge. He has extensive clinical experience in school and preschool intervention and with the Direction de la Protection de la jeunesse atop from having hands on experience with multi-handicapped clients in the development and intervention of these clienteles. Benjamin is now a lecturer and mentor at the Université de Sherbrooke. He regularly gives training to front-line workers in order to equip them with the tools they need to design and integrate interventions that take into account their reality and the effects of stress on children’s occupational participation.