What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists support and promote the development and engagement in everyday routines including play, rest and sleep, activities of daily living, education, and social participation.  Occupational therapy is concerned with the ability to participate in daily life activities or “occupations.” Occupational therapists help children with and without social–emotional, physical, cognitive, communication, and adaptive behavior challenges prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities. Through an understanding of the impact of disability, illness, and impairment on a child’s development, play, ability to learn new skills, and overall occupational performance, occupational therapists promote healthy development, establish needed skills, and modify environments to prevent further disability, all in support of participation in daily activities.

OTs work on sensory processing (modulating sensory input in different environments at different levels), or tactile input (tolerating different textures).  They work on sequencing and coping strategies.  They work on fine motor activities, eating with a utensil, improving motor planning, and body awareness.  OTs work on handwriting, visual-motor activities, cutting, buttoning, zippering.  They work on strength, balance, range of motion.  OTs help your child maximize participation in activities of daily living.

Pediatric OTs treat conditions such as:  deficits in sensory processing, developmental delay, down syndrome, and sensory / motor deficits.

These are the experts in maximizing your child’s functional ability to participate in their daily activities