Occupational therapy (OT) supports a child’s ability to engage in everyday activities and acquire skills to promote function. Our pediatric occupational therapists work with your child to assist in the learning of hand-eye coordination, oral skills for eating, coordination of the whole body, and proper positioning and movement of the body.
Our goal is to improve your child’s cognitive, physical, and motor development. Our occupational therapists work with children on improving upon daily activities that will help them throughout their lives: hygiene, self-feeding and self-help skills will all allow your child to live independently in their natural environment.
- Help achieve developmentally appropriate milestones
- Improve of fine-motor skills, hand-eye coordination and overall core strengthening
- Facilitate appropriate social interaction skills and functional independence
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Occupational and physical therapy may be used to help your child in a variety of ways; but what is the difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy?
Occupational therapy is more focused on evaluating and improving a person’s functional abilities. In comparison, physical therapy is geared toward helping a person accomplish their mobility goals.
Physical therapy, on the other hand, helps children recover from any existing injuries and/or diseases which restrict their mobility.
Occupational therapists are trained to help patients improve their life skills so that they can carry on their daily activities more efficiently. While they do consider the physical aspects of rehabilitation and motion, occupational therapists are focused primarily on enabling the patient to engage in the meaningful activities of daily life as seamlessly as possible.
Generally speaking, families are recommended to attend one-hour sessions each week to ensure their child is getting the proper support and therapy. However, this is based on the child’s assessment and can vary as per the needs of the child in question as well as the situation and obligations of the family.
When it comes to children, a child’s primary occupation is to grow, play, learn and participate in school activities. Occupational therapy can help kids with a physical, sensory or cognitive disability to carry out daily activities such as putting on their shoes, brushing their teeth, etc.
For kids who are unable to participate in popular games and activities, occupational therapy can outline alternative activities that are mentally and physically engaging and can help improve the child’s overall outlook towards his external environment.
Children who have difficulty performing everyday activities such as dressing up, tying their shoes, feeding themselves, writing, drawing, coloring, listening etc. may benefit from occupational therapy. In addition, children with medical conditions like cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spina bifida may require the services of an occupational therapist to help them become used to moving around in a wheelchair while in school or at home.
Even children with autism can improve their ability to interact with others and become more comfortable with their surroundings through occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists often give patients exercises to do at home. And that is also another reason why the presence of a family member is especially helpful for the child. The role of parents during therapy sessions has now changed from a passive one to an active, participating one. Parents can be very effective co-therapists by performing the treatment activities recommended by occupational therapists at home and by actively cooperating in improving the mobility issues of their children.
For best results, it is recommended that patients (or their parents) follow the exact routine outlined by the occupational therapist to maximize positive outcomes for the patients.
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