What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapists are licensed medical professionals that help individuals live life to the fullest. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages enabling them to participate in meaningful activities. The goal of occupational therapy for a child is to promote the skills a child needs to function in their environment independently and successfully.
Occupational therapy for children often involves play to promote a wide variety of skills:
- Postural control: a child’s ability to sit, roll and use their arms to engage in activities such as play and feeding
- Fine motor skills: learning to use ones hands to pick up objects of different sizes, using the hands together as a team and individually, and using different grasps to achieve success in different activities
- Visual motor skills: using the hands and eyes together as a team to complete activities
- Self-help skills: feeding, dressing and taking part in daily routines such as teeth brushing
- Play skills and social interaction