OT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
Occupational therapy is a service that helps people achieve independence in their daily life activities or “occupations”. In the pediatric setting, therapists use their expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities.
This typically includes muscle strengthening and range of motion of the hands and body, work on bilateral coordination (using two hands together), motor planning, visual perception skills, and visual motor skills.
It also includes direct practice of the task, often with adaptations or modifications of the fine motor and self care tasks (cutting, writing, tying shoes) that are difficult for the individual child. Our OTs perform an evaluation and develop a treatment plan designed to ensure your child reaches their maximum level of independence.
What is an occupational therapist?
An occupational therapist is someone who specializes in working with individuals who are experiencing a condition that is limiting their ability to independently complete the tasks of every day living. In pediatrics, occupational therapists use their expertise to help children gain the functional skills they need for independence in play, learning, motor skill development, self care, and socialization in their home, school, and community environments.
How do I know if my child needs occupational therapy?
Your child might need occupational therapy if:
- They seem to have weak hands and/or get tired easily while doing fine motor tasks.
- They have difficulty with learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping.
- They are overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement.
- They are under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses.
- They have trouble with writing including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with size and spacing of their letters.
- They have trouble learning how to dress them selves.
- They have difficulty with coordinating the muscles that control their eyes for good vision.