OCCUPATIONALTHERAPY
"Man, through the use of his hands, as they are energized by mind and will, can influence the state of his own health."
​                             -Mary Reilly
?What is Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy helps children to develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and performing specific tasks, but it also addresses social and behavorial skills. It can help with the child's self-concept and confidence. Pediatric occupational therapy helps children develop the basic sensory awareness and motor skills needed for motor development, learning, and healthy behavior. These include the following:

  • Body awareness
  • Crossing midline
  • Fine motor control
  • Motor planning
  • Ocular motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Self regulation
  • Sensory modulation ​​

Occupational therapists not only work directly with the child, but also with the family, parents, caregivers, and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviors which will be used to improve and facilitate the child's performance and functioning.
?Who Needs Occupational Therapy
Any time a child is not functioning at an age appropriate level in any aspects of their life, they might see an OT for an evaluation. Children will benefit from an occupational therapy evaluation if they have:

  • Poor coordination
  • Decreased balance ("clumsiness")
  • Delayed motor skill development
  • Low muscle tone or strength
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Have been diagnosed with a learning disability
  • Difficulty completing tasks that seem easily attained by peers
  • Behavioral challenges or social skill issues
  • Decreased attention or ability to participate in age appropriate activities
  • Decreased self-esteem and self-concept
  • Decreased visual skills including visual perceptual skills and ocular motor skills
  • Difficulties with feeding, is a messy eater, or has difficulty using utensils.