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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a discipline that helps individuals across life phases to participate in everyday activities deemed meaningful (occupations) through supports, including skill and capacity building, education, equipment, and adaptations, and modifications.

What Our Occupational Therapists Do

Our therapists help children play, improve their school performance, and aid in their daily activities. We also boost their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment by using everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies.

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

Assist individuals to improve strength and dexterity to complete grasping and manipulative tasks, such as eating finger foods, securing fasteners, and playing with toys.

Gross Motor Skills

Assist individuals to improve strength, balance, coordination, agility, ad motor planning to promote functional mobility and play skills.

Equipment

Train individuals to use assistive devices, such as wheelchairs and self-care aids to foster independence.

Activities of Daily Living

Support individuals to attain the skills to perform routines, including self-feeding, bathing, grooming, dressing, and personal hygiene.

Visual-Perceptual-Motor Skills

Support individuals to develop eye-hand coordination and visual perception to enhance participation and performance in tasks, such as pre-writing, drawing, coloring, cutting, copying, tracing, and handwriting.

Social Skills

Assist individuals with resources to promote self-regulation, and social and coping skills to participate in day-to-day routines at home, in school, and in the community.

Common Diagnoses for Children who are referred to Occupational Therapy

  • Birth Injuries, Birth Defects, Prematurity of Birth
  • Developmental Delays
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Learning Problems, Intellectual Disability
  • Executive Function Disorder
  • Orthopedic Impairments, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy
  • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Cancer
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Possible Therapy Options for OT Include:

  • Adaptive Equipment and Assistive Device Training
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • Self-care
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Social skills
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