What is pediatric occupational therapy? 

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence in their environment and assists with the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to participate in their daily activities such as school, play, and self care. 

 

Children may benefit from pediatric occupational therapy for:

  • Self-care skills including feeding, dressing, and grooming 

  • Hand strengthening and coordination skills required for activities such as cutting with scissors, coloring and writing, buttoning, using feeding utensils, tying shoes etc. 

  • Sensory-motor processing and integration

  • Social skills

  • Recommendation, training, and use of adaptive equipment

  • Neurodevelopmental treatment

  • Visual motor/perceptual skills

  • Handwriting skills

  • Motor planning

  • Range of motion

How do I know if my child needs Occupational Therapy?

  • They seem to have weak hands and/or get tired easily while participating in fine motor activities

  • They are overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement

  • They are under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses

  • They have trouble with handwriting including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and/or maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with formation, size, and spacing of their letters

  • They have trouble with self care tasks such as dressing or feeding themselves

  • They have difficulty completing visual motor activities

  • They are not reaching developmental motor milestones

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