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Bluestone Occupational Therapy Services​

When: We are scheduling on-site occupational therapy sessions Monday-Friday, 8:30am- 5:00 pm (depending on availability). ​

How can an occupational therapist help my child?

Occupational therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals licensed through the state of Michigan and registered through the National Board Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) who evaluate and assist children who are having difficulty participating in meaningful activities or “occupations” that are needed to conduct their daily routines and to live their life to the fullest.

For a child, this may include the development of life skills such as learning at school, playing, feeding/ eating, completing self-care tasks (e.g., combing hair, bathing, brushing teeth, etc.), relating to others, and fulfilling their role as a family member or friend.

Why might my child be referred to occupational therapy?

  • Fine Motor Difficulties: holding crayons, pencils, and other small objects, stringing beads, using clothing fasteners, manipulating toys.

  • Eye-hand coordination difficulties: scissor use, puzzles, ball skills.

  • Visual motor delays: printing, drawing, forming shapes, coloring.

  • Visual perceptual delays: sorting, matching, scanning, letter reversals.

  • Self-care delays: dressing, feeding, using utensils, tying shoes (fastening buttons), bathing, grooming.

  • Sensory processing difficulties: delays in adaptive responses to sights, sounds, movement, taste, and touch.

  • Feeding difficulties: oral motor delays, picky eating, sensory issues.

  • Decreased range of motion: limits in moving arms, fingers, legs, head, or other body parts.

  • Social difficulties: interacting with others, following routines.

What we do

Bluestone Occupational Therapy department currently offers the following:

  • Individual occupational therapy sessions.

  • Individual feeding therapy (using evidence-based practices including the Beckman Oral Motor ® Protocol and the SOS Approach ® to Feeding by Kay Toomey).

  • Play-based therapy (using evidence-based practices including the Greenspan Floortime Approach ® and the Project ImPACT program through Michigan State University).

  • Group therapy (social skills, infant time, feeding, handwriting, and kindergarten boot camp).

  • Parent education and consultation (including home programs).

  • Monthly parent and community trainings.



Who qualifies?


Bluestone Children’s Center’s occupational therapy department currently treats children 12 and under with exceptions. Below is a list of some of the disorders an occupational therapist may treat:

  • Global Developmental Delay

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

  • Cognitive Impairments (CI)

  • Cerebral Palsy (CP)

  • Hearing & Visual Impairments

  • Epilepsy

  • Down Syndrome (DS)

  • Genetic Disorders/Syndromes (i.e., Angelman Syndrome, DiGeorge syndrome (22q11. 2 deletion syndrome, Kleefstra syndrome (Ks), Fragile X syndrome (FXS), Spina Bifida, Fetal alcohol syndrome)

  • Brain Injuries (CVA, TBI, SCI)

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety

  • Feeding & Eating Disorders (i.e., Pica, Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder, Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorder, and Unspecified Feeding or Eating Disorder)

  • Type 1 insulin-dependent diabetes


  • Duchene Muscular Dystrophy

  • Dyspraxia and motor planning difficulties

  • Learning Difficulties

This list includes some, but not all, of the disorders an occupational therapist may treat. Occupational therapists consider all the patient’s needs, be it physical, psychological, social, or environmental. This consideration goes a long way when supporting patients, their families, giving them hope and providing them with the prospect of being able to perform their own tasks without depending on others.

Bluestone is an educational/teaching facility.

Bluestone is an educational and teaching facility where students at various local colleges and universities come to learn and further enhance their clinical skills. We welcome students in graduate school to learn alongside our occupational therapists. Graduate students that are training and learning alongside our occupational therapists are supervised during all direct patient care time.


How: If you think your child would benefit from occupational therapy, contact Kristyn Green, Director of Occupational Therapy for more information or to inquire about services. Call (248) 886-9540, email: kgreen@bluestonechildrenscenter.com or complete the form on the contact us page.

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