Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists are skilled in the assessment of “occupation” which is any activity that a person does for daily self­care, play or leisure enjoyment, or vocation (job). The occupation of play becomes a child’s work as it is vitally important to the progression of a child’s learning and development. The occupational therapist is able to identify areas of strength in interest and skill to blend with areas of need in order so that progression of skills can occur.

Why occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists are skilled in the assessment of “occupation” which is any activity that a person does for daily self-care, play or leisure enjoyment, or vocation. The occupation of play becomes a child’s work as it is vitally important to the progression of a child’s development. The occupational therapist is able to identify areas of strength in interest and skill to blend with areas of need in order so that progression of skills can occur. Children may benefit from occupational therapy for a variety of reasons such as:

  • My son seems to have difficulty playing with other children. He seems to be hitting out at others for no apparent reason.
  • My daughter has difficulty tolerating certain clothing. She also doesn’t like to have her teeth brushed.
  • My son is such a picky eater. I don’t think he has more than 5 foods that he will eat.
  • My daughter just got diagnosed with CP. You need some help understanding what this means for both her and her family.
  • My son seems to have difficulty with his fine motor skills. He dislikes coloring and doesn’t seem to hold his pencil like other kids his age.
  • After surgery, my daughter needs help to be able to dress herself and help herself in the bathroom again.
  • My son doesn’t have a diagnosis, but seems to be having difficulty meeting his developmental milestones.
  • My daughter has difficulty focusing in the classroom.

Treatment

Our occupational therapists provide a skilled service that identifies, through evaluation, the key components that disable a child. The OT also identifies the patient’s strengths and builds on them to further function. Through specialized treatment, we strive to improve such components which may include but are not limited to:

  • fine motor skills
  • upper body strength and coordination
  • balance
  • self-help skills, such as feeding, dressing, and bathing
  • attention difficulties
  • sensory integration disorders
  • personal behavior modulation
  • following directions and problem solving
  • positioning, adaptive equipment
  • upper body splinting to prevent poor posturing and improve functional mobility

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