What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a treatment that works to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning. It also helps kids who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing. The therapy is adapted to a child’s specific needs. Before the therapy starts, we look at the child’s strengths and challenges, and the tasks that the child has trouble with. We will then create a program of activities for the child to work on.
The earlier a child starts Occupational Therapy, the more effective it tends to be. Being able to do basic tasks can also help build up the child’s self-esteem and confidence, which can drop when they are struggling, especially in front of their friends.
Why Choose Occupational Therapy?
A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. Occupational therapist evaluates a child’s current skills related to playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. OTs, help children perform daily activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues.
We help children develop their abilities in:
- Self-care routines like getting dressed, controlling a pencil, using scissors, etc. (fine motor skills and motor planning)
- Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination)
- Throwing and catching (gross motor skills like balance and coordination)
- Organizing a backpack (motor planning and organization skills)
- Reacting to sensory input (Self-regulation skills)
- Many more…
*Different skills are required for different children according to their age, stage of education and diagnosis.