A child’s role in life is to play and interact with others and with their environment. Our pediatric occupational therapists provide the
necessary care to help them achieve greater function and independence. A child who struggles with sensory, social, behavioral,
motor, visual, and environmental issues can benefit from working with our occupational therapy team to help improve their performance with daily activities, academics, and play.
What is OT and what can be accomplished through OT?
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children increase independence and strengthen skills to meet developmental milestones, to then improve overall engagement with the world around them. Below are just a few of the areas that an occupational therapist can help your child!
Increase independence with basic daily tasks including:
- Tooth brushing
Developing positive behaviors in all environments such as:
- Identification of their emotions and self-regulation strategies
- Implementation of regulation strategies and coping skills in a functional setting
Evaluating the need for specialized adaptive equipment including but not limited to:
- Eating Utensils
- Writing utensils
- Dressing devices
- Stability balance disc
- Bathing equipment
Improving attention and social skills
- Adapting/modifying their school environment to increase their success
- Learning healthy communication skills
- Improving fine motor skills so to assist with the following:
- Handwriting skills
- Scissor skills
- Using clothing fasteners (zippers, buttons, etc.)
- Using eating utensils
Improve hand-eye coordination to increase the child’s ability to engage in play and school-related skills including, but not limited to:
- Catching a ball
- Tying shoes
- Brushing your hair
- Reading and writing the information from a dry-erase board
Who may benefit from OT?
Children may require occupational therapy with or without the presence of a medical condition, and may just need a little extra help to meet their full potential.
Children with the following medical conditions are considered to be ‘at risk’ for delays in skills impacting participation in home, play, and school environments.
- Birth injuries or birth defects
- Sensory processing disorder
- Learning problems
- Down Syndrome
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Mental health
- Broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- Behavioral problems
- Developmental delays
- Post-surgical recovery
- Spina bifida
- Chronic illnesses such as:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cerebral Palsy
- Traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)