Expanding Horizons occupational therapy

Providing Services to Children, Youth & Adults

Welcome

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy

Expanding Horizons Occupational Therapy offers OT, psychotherapy, social work and physiotherapy services to children, youth, and adults in the Ottawa and surrounding areas. Sessions are available at our clinic, by telehealth, and at your home or school.

Occupational therapy is a regulated health care profession dedicated to working with clients using evidence-based practice to enable them to participate in meaningful activities while taking into consideration their home environment, culture, and community. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective and wish to enable individuals by maximizing their independence in a meaningful way. Clients learn how to develop the appropriate skills in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure that are necessary for living independent and satisfying lives.

Founder and Co-Owner, Meghan Topolnisky B.A., MScOT Reg (Ont.)

occupational therapy can help with

Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Your occupational therapist can complete a fine and gross motor assessment to assess your child’s skills in these areas. We can help teach children and youth shoe lacing tying, bike riding, getting dressed, self-care skills and components of gross motor play such as aiming, catching, jumping and balance.

Sensory Processing

Occupational therapists can complete sensory assessments to identify any concerns around sensory processing. We provide strategies and intervention to manage these day-to-day sensory needs to ensure that our clients can live their lives fully, functionally & in a meaningful way.

Self Regulation

Does your child experience intense bursts of emotion, difficulty identifying feelings & struggle with emotional control? We can teach children to recognize their body cues and triggers so that they can learn to self-regulate in difficult times. Not only do we teach these skills but we love to collaborate with school staff, caregivers and other professionals to help generalize these new skills to other settings.

Printing and Handwriting

Is your child having difficulty keeping up with writing demands at school? We can assess your child’s handwriting and teach hands-on ways to continue to develop written output skills. We use evidence-based programs to ensure our kiddos are getting the best information to improve their writing skills.

Anxiety

Is your child having difficulty keeping up with writing demands at school? We can assess your child’s handwriting and teach hands-on ways to continue to develop written output skills. We use evidence-based programs to ensure our kiddos are getting the best information to improve their writing skills.

Feeding

Occupational therapists assess and treat difficulties associated with feeding, eating & swallowing. We use a holistic perspective and recognize and assess not only the physiological factors involved in feeding and eating, but also the psychosocial, cultural, & environmental factors.

Psychotherapy

As occupational therapists, we are able to provide the controlled act of psychotherapy. If you are looking for psychotherapy services for yourself or your child, or if you have any questions about this service, please contact us to learn more!

Mental Health

Would you like to improve your mental health? Are you interested in learning about ways to promote positive mental health in your life? We work with children, youth and adults to ensure that you are meeting the demands of your day-to-day life while also taking excellent care of yourself.

Executive Functioning

Would you like to improve your mental health? Are you interested in learning about ways to promote positive mental health in your life? We work with children, youth and adults to ensure that you are meeting the demands of your day-to-day life while also taking excellent care of yourself.

Assistive Technology

Slower handwriting speed? Difficulty keeping up with the curriculum? Frustration when trying to get thoughts to paper? Reading or writing difficulties? We can assess and identify areas of concern and recommend assistive technology specific to the client’s needs. We can also help your child develop keyboarding skills!

Developmental Milestones

Curious if your little one is meeting his/her developmental milestones? We have the tools to assess children to identify delays in meeting developmental milestones and ensure they are on track during their early years.

Classroom Observations

Would you like for an occupational therapist to observe your child in his/her classroom setting? In private school settings we are able to observe in the classroom, complete individual treatment sessions and collaborate with school staff. We love to take the opportunity to get to know the rest of your child’s team!

Get in touch

Contact us today to make an appointment or to learn more about our services