Occupational therapy (OT) helps children to develop
the skills of daily living necessary to function at
home, school, and play. It supports their ability
to be successful at the “job” of being a kid, which
is to play and learn!
Occupational therapy may target:
Fine Motor Development
Visual Motor Skills
Gross Motor Skills
Oral Motor Skills & Feeding
Sensory Processing & Integration
Executive Functioning Skills
How Does Occupational Therapy Work?
OT treatment begins with a child-specific evaluation
based on parent/teacher concerns and typically
includes caregiver interview, standardized assessment, and play-based assessment to determine a child’s
OT’s use a variety of strategies to help children be successful: working on specific skills, adapting activities
to the child’s skill level, and setting up the environment
to make it easier for the child to accomplish challenging tasks. OT’s are skilled at constructing “just-right challenges” to build on a child’s strengths, creating opportunities
for success to boost self-esteem while facilitating skill development. There is an emphasis on family and team consultation to provide daily interventions that maximize the child’s development and participation.