Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize.
A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. OT’s help children perform daily activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues.
Kids with certain medical conditions may benefit from OT. Some conditions are as follows:
- birth injuries or birth defects
- sensory processing disorders
- traumatic injuries
(brain or spinal cord)
- learning problems
- developmental disorders
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- mental health or behavioral
- broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- developmental delays
- post-surgical conditions
- spina bifida
- multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy
Occupational therapist work with children to achieve the following results:
- help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
- address hand-eye coordination to improve kids’ play and school skills
- help kids with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)
- help kids with behavioral disorders maintain positive behaviors in all environments
- teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills needed to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting
- work with kids who have sensory and attention issues to improve focus and social skills.