Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent disability. Since their main occupation is play, it is through the use of this media that occupational therapists assist children in learning the skills necessary for living. Concerns often addressed by pediatric occupational therapists include
- Self-care skills (feeding, bathing, dressing, etc.)
- Fine motor skills (hand skills and dexterity)
- Gross motor skills (balance, coordination)
- Visual Perceptual skills
- Neuro-motor development
- Sensory Integration
- Play skills
- Positioning and equipment use
- Assistive Technology
- Home modification and adaptation
Therapy can enhance the potential of a child throughout their developmental years and build skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem that lasts a lifetime.
Occupational Therapists working with children strive to optimize a child’s occupational performance. Children span the age range of birth through adolescence. Just think what a variety of occupations you were engaged in during this period of time in your life. Consider how these occupations become increasingly complex during childhood and how they formed an important foundation for the roles you play as an adult today. The primary occupations of children are considered to be:
- Activities of Daily Living (feeding, toileting, dressing, grooming, mobility)
- Learning and school performance
A core value of pediatric occupational therapy is providing family-centered care and service. The needs, desires, and values of the child and family drive the direction of our assessments and intervention. The focus of occupational therapy intervention directly reflects the child’s and/or family’s priorities.
Environment plays an important role in child development so assessments and treatments are carried out in home, school, and community settings. At times intervention is carried out by the Occupational Therapist, however, parental support, supports from Key workers, Teachers, and Special Needs Assistants, is crucial to meets the child’s daily Occupational Therapy needs.
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