Why would a child need occupational therapy?
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants allow children to thrive at their fullest potential through activities they do on a daily basis. These activities can include interacting or engaging with their peers, participating in daily tasks at school, dressing and self-care/personal hygiene, or being out in the community.
A child may have a difficult time engaging in reciprocal play with a peer, which will in turn increase their difficulty with social interactions and overall social skills. Motor skills may be limited, making developmental milestones harder to achieve. Visual perception and visual motor skills are often limited, creating disconnect within the ability to write, play catch, or engage in a sport.
Frequently, a child may have a difficult time self-regulating or self-soothing, making tasks such as toileting or leaving the home daunting and overwhelming. At times, this dysregulation may cause behavioral issues as well. Through sensory integrative techniques and behavioral interventions, we can achieve the proper state of regulation for each child to enable them to develop adequate coping skills across the lifespan.
Achieving independence with occupational therapy
These are all concerns that can be addressed with occupational therapy (OT), allowing the child to engage and participate in things they may encounter daily. Our goal with OT is to allow each child to grow, and become as independent as possible, all while having fun and exploring their world at a pace that is most natural to them. With the correct therapeutic technique, a child can, and should, learn through play to better understand their environment and process any information they receive.
Through this independence, it is our goal to help each child see their own potential, and nurture the desire within themselves to succeed and grow throughout their lifetime.
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