What is Occupational Therapy?
A child’s occupations are centered around play and learning. Occupational therapists work with children with any condition, disability or impairment that affects their ability to perform the everyday activities of life, such as getting dressed, eating, going to school, making friends and being part of club or group.
Their goal is to assist individuals, families, groups and communities to increase their participation in life.
We can see the Children show weaknesses in the areas of:
- Sensory processing and Modulation
- Oral- Motor Skills
- Visual Motor Abilities
- Perceptual Skills
- Motor Planning
- Self Care performance
- Muscles Strength
- Postural Stability
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Neurological conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy)
- Acute medical, surgical and orthopedic conditions
- Physical disabilities (e.g. spina bifida)
- Developmental delay and disabilities
- Sensory and attention issues
Occupational therapists work in partnership with the child, their parents and other important people in the child’s life such as their doctor, teacher and other health professionals.
Occupational therapists can:
- Help children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to help with play, school or independent skills (e.g throwing a ball, getting dressed, holding a pen or utensil)
- Educate and involve parents, carers and others to facilitate the development and learning of children
- Help children with developmental delays learn everyday tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
- Help children with behavioral issues maintain positive behaviors in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity)