Occupational Therapy

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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

  • Play Skills

  • Sensory Processing & Integration

  • Self-Care Skills

  • Executive Functioning Skills

  • Adaptive Equipment

  • Emotional Regulation

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 therapy needs.

 

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.

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