The goal of all these therapies is to improve everyday life skills including:
- How you touch and are touched
- How you move and are moved
- Bilateral coordination (using both sides of the body together)
- Eye motor skills (how you read/watch a ball coming towards you)
Both occupational therapy and LT use principles of the theory of neuroplasticity, which contends that the brain can change based on experience. For some, it involves years of therapy; others need less therapy to manage symptoms.
Some children who have successfully managed symptoms with therapy may find they need additional treatment as they get older and reach new life challenges. Going to college or working in a particularly stressful job could trigger the onset of new symptoms. Additional therapy and counseling can help re-establish control over symptoms as environments and circumstances change.