What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a service that addresses the “occupations” of life. A child’s “occupations” may include playing age appropriately, participating in social groups or school activities, completing age appropriate self-care routines, participating in extracurricular activities, and being a part of the family unit. Being able to participate “age appropriately” may be difficult for children with or without a disability.
An Occupational Therapist will evaluate what is limiting a child from participating in age appropriate tasks and work with the child to overcome these difficulties during individual treatment or group sessions.
Occupational therapy is concerned with a child’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities. Occupational Therapists use their unique expertise to help children prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities. Occupational Therapists support the achievement of developmental and learning milestones for children with and without disabilities. OT’s facilitate social skill development, motor development, emergent literacy, and the development of adaptive and self-care skills, all in an effort to improve success and self esteem in daily life activities.
Occupational Therapists are particularly skilled in designing and implementing accommodations and modifications. To make children more successful in their daily lives, whether at home, in school, or in the community. Additionally, OT’s play a key role in training parents, caregivers, and teachers about the development of children with diverse learning needs.*
*Parts of above taken from American Occupational Therapy Association
Occupational Therapist May Treat
- ADD / ADHD
- Auditory Processing Issues
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Cerebral Palsy
- Chromosomal Anomalies
- Coordination Difficulties
- Developmental Delays
- Down Syndrome
- Feeding Disorders
- Fine Motor Delays
- Handwriting Difficulties
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
- Sensory Integrative Dysfunctions
My son has been a part of Building Blocks Pediatrics of the past 3+ years. His therapist is one of his favorite people. She has worked hard with him on regulation, fine motor and sensory issues. Her patience level, sense of humor and expertise have allowed my son to progress in the area where he struggles most. We have recently changed therapists due to scheduling problems. We were not surprised to find that our new therapist is just as enthusiastic, empathetic and qualified. My son enjoys going to OT therapy and feels proud of himself each time he leaves.
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