What is Occupational Therapy?
Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession that focuses on developing and building a child’s ability to use their motor skills, sensory skills, and coordination to perform all activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and playing, as well as all activities encompassed in their school day. Gaining these skills helps a child to function more independently, as well as enhancing their health, self esteem, and happiness. The Occupational Therapist works closely with the child and his or her parents to develop, enhance, or restore function lost due to injury, disease, developmental delay, sensory integration dysfunction, or congenital abnormality.
What are the Benefits?
Improvements in a variety of functional areas including, but not limited to:
•Independence with activities of daily living
•Fine motor skills, motor control, writing skills, bilateral integration, motor planning
•Age-appropriate play and leisure skills
•Oral-motor skills, lip control, tongue control, coordination of oral movements
•Head and trunk control
•Balance and symmetry
•Cognitive and behavioral function