August 12, 2016

What Is OT?

WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?

Occupational Therapists work with children and their families to enhance the child’s independence and skills necessary to function in their everyday activities:

  • Self Care (dressing, eating, toileting)
  • School (handwriting, copying from the board, attention and concentration)
  • Play ( fine motor and gross motor skill development, taking turns, social skills)

A child’s main occupation is play. Through play, a child learns skills that are vital for development. This is how children learn about their body, objects around them, their environment and how to interact with others. Some children have difficulty with play and learning due to a variety of reasons. An Occupational Therapist can assess the child and provide recommendations and interventions to enhance their development and learning. Occupational Therapy may also include making changes to the child’s environment (school or home) to help them become more independent.