Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Empowering Children: The Freedom to Choose in Sensory Integration Therapy

Pediatric Therapy

At Flourishing Lives Occupational Therapy in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, we believe in empowering children to take charge of their own therapeutic journey. In this blog post, we'll explore a distinctive aspect of our sensory integration therapy – giving children the freedom to choose their treatment activities. This unique approach not only engages children in therapy but also plays a pivotal role in their development and well-being.

The Essence of Sensory Integration Therapy:

Sensory Integration Therapy is a specialized form of pediatric occupational therapy that focuses on helping children who may struggle with sensory processing difficulties. Rather than adhering to a rigid protocol, our approach begins with a comprehensive evaluation to understand each child's unique sensory needs.

Empowering Choice: 

One of the defining features of our sensory integration therapy is the freedom we grant children to choose their treatment activities. During therapy sessions, children are encouraged to explore our facilities and select activities that resonate with them. This choice empowers them to engage actively in their therapeutic journey.

Thinking Outside the Box: 

What makes this approach truly unique is the therapist's role in adapting the chosen activities to meet the specific goals outlined in the child's treatment plan. Therapists at Flourishing Lives have to think creatively and adapt on the spot. This requires the ability to assimilate a wide range of information in real-time, ensuring that the chosen activities align with therapeutic objectives.

The Joy of Play: 

In an ideal therapy session at Flourishing Lives, children may not even realize they are in therapy. They are too busy having fun and playing. This engagement is crucial as it promotes a positive association with therapy, reduces anxiety, and fosters a love for the process of self-improvement.

Why Choice Matters:

  • Motivation: When children have a say in their therapy, they are more motivated to participate actively. This motivation often leads to better outcomes.
  • Ownership: Empowering children with choice gives them a sense of ownership over their therapy. They feel more in control of their own progress.
  • Trust and Rapport: It builds trust and rapport between the child and the therapist. When children see their therapists as partners in their journey, therapy becomes a collaborative effort.
  • Emotional Well-being: Therapy sessions that feel like play reduce stress and anxiety, contributing to improved emotional well-being.
  • Life Skills: Learning to make choices is a valuable life skill. The decision-making process in therapy can extend to other areas of a child's life.


At Flourishing Lives Occupational Therapy in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, we recognize the importance of empowering children in their therapeutic journey. Our sensory integration therapy approach, which allows children to choose their treatment activities, not only makes therapy enjoyable but also encourages active engagement. By granting children the freedom to choose, we promote motivation, trust, confidence, and emotional well-being while helping them develop valuable life skills. It's all part of our commitment to helping children flourish and thrive.

To empower your child through sensory integration therapy and learn more about Flourishing Lives Occupational Therapy in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, visit our website at or call us at 586-293-1234. Your child's journey to empowerment and well-being begins here.

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