What is Occupational Therapy?
Pediatric occupational therapists support and promote the development and independence of children in their activities of daily living, or “occupations.” A child’s occupation includes play, education, and social participation. Occupational therapists (OTs) help children perform daily activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues. This is achieved through the strengthening and development of fine motor, sensory motor, and visual motor skills children need to function and socialize.
Some areas occupational therapy can address include:
o Sensory processing disorders
o Proper communication and interaction with others
o Visual perception skills and body awareness
o Fine motor coordination activities to improve grasping, hand strength, and dexterity
o Activities to help develop age appropriate gross motor skills
o Self- help strategies for greater independence in everyday activities such as dressing and using utensils