Pediatric occupational therapy aims at helping children with a wide range of neurological, biological and developmental disabilities participate to the best of their ability, at home, school and social situations.
Play and school are part of a child’s “occupation.” Some children have difficulty organizing information from their body and or the surrounding environment efficiently in order to produce age appropriate actions and or responses. Other children have physical limitations that interfere with self care, play, communication and their ability to function at home, school and social settings.
Pediatric OT uses play, movement and multi-sensory activities therapeutically in order to provide a child with experiences that promote mastery in the demands of their daily lives. The goal of OT is to help a child develop skills necessary to function within their environment and prepare them to be independent adults.
What kinds of skills does occupational therapy address?
Occupational therapy (OT) can address the following areas:
- Fine or gross motor development and refinement
- Sensory processing and discrimination skills
- Sensory sensitivities and regulation of arousal level
- Age appropriate self care skills
- Self concept and self esteem
- Attention and focus
- Cognitive skills
- Communication Skills
- Visual motor skills
- Balance and coordination
- Strength and endurance
- Over or hyperactivity
- Following daily routines
- Coping ability