How can kids with learning and attention issues benefit from occupational therapy? The connection may not seem obvious. But problems with coordination, strength, control, sensory regulation and daily self-care skills can lead to academic difficulties. An occupational therapist is a trained specialist who helps people learn to carry out everyday activities. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and with various challenges. 

Cornerstone offers Occupational Therapy to children of all ages.  Our Occupational Therapists provide individualized care to improve each child’s independence and performance of daily activities. Interventions focus on teaching fine motor skills and other adaptive behaviors, as well as sensory educating the child’s family.  Therapy takes place in our large sensory room equipped to allow customization of treatment programs tailored specifically for each child and to keep the child engaged during therapy.


  • Self-care tasks (brushing teeth, buttoning clothes and using eating utensils)

  • Creating an individualized "sensory diet" for your child

  • Hand-eye coordination (learning to write on a classroom whiteboard, or copy in a notebook what the teacher writes on the board)

  • Fine motor skills (grasping and control a pencil, using scissors)

  • Planning and organization (helping a teen plan a trip to his locker to swap books, gym clothes or a musical instrument for the next class period)

  • Physical outlets (helping kids with behavior issues find better outlets than hitting someone when they’re frustrated or angry)

  • Appropriate responses (helping kids with sensory processing issues respond to sensations in a more appropriate way)



  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Sensory Processing disorder

  •  Fine and gross motor delays

  •  Feeding disorders

  •  Handwriting difficulties 

  •  Hearing and visual impairments

  •  Traumatic brain injury

  •  Developmental delays

  •  Perceptual motor deficits

  • Orthopedic impairments




  • Increased independence in everyday tasks

  • Improved self-confidence in oneself 

  • Better sensory regulation abilities at home, school and in the community

  • Better understanding between parents and teachers of what a child should be able to accomplish

  • Improved ability to concentrate and complete schoolwork

If your child is working with an OT, he’ll probably learn to adapt to his difficulties over time. This will make day-to-day living easier. Depending on the severity of your child’s symptoms, he may need to work with an OT for many months. So it’s important to find an OT you and your child are comfortable with. Keep in mind that occupational therapy can’t “cure” your child. For example, if your child has dysgraphia, an OT can help him improve his handwriting. The OT can show him how to use note-taking software. But your child may never become a fast writer.

The sooner your child starts with occupational therapy, the more effective it tends to be. Occupational therapists can help younger kids improve social and academic skills, making their lives easier as teenagers. However, OTs can also be helpful for older kids.


Meet The  Team


Anna Fogle, OTR


Laura Labus, COTA/L


Kaitlyn Flores, 


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Rachel Perkins, COTA/L


Shelby Cooper, COTA/L