What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy focuses on helping people of all ages with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. Occupational therapy is a health and rehabilitation profession deeply rooted in both evidence-based practices and science. By helping people of all ages participate in everyday activities (occupations) such as eating, sleeping, or toileting, Occupational Therapists use self-care and activities to enhance development or increase independence.
OTs Working with Children
A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening their development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, and visual motor skills. They help children perform daily activities which may be challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues. Childrens’ self-esteem and sense of accomplishment is enhanced when daily activities that were challenged are now much easier. Occupational Therapists collaborate with parents, other family members, teachers, speech language pathologists, physical therapists and physicians to identify and modify barriers that restrict a child’s success.
Why Would a Child be Referred for Occupational Therapy?
- Fine motor: Utilizing clothing fasteners, holding crayons, pencils or other small objects, and manipulating toys
- Eye-Hand Coordination: Cutting with scissors, putting together puzzles and handling a ball
- Visual Motor: Writing letters, drawing, forming shapes and coloring
- Visual Perception: Sorting, matching, scanning the room, letter reversals
- Sensory Processing: Over or under responses to sights, sounds, sounds, movement, taste, smell, touch, self-regulation or awareness of body
- Strength: Manipulating materials, opening containers, moving against gravity, sustaining body positions
- Range of Motion: Limits in moving arms, fingers, legs, head or other body parts
- Social: Interacting with others, family routines
- Self-Care: Dressing, feeding, using utensils, tying, bathing and grooming
Contact Delaware Speech and Hearing Center Today
Our individual therapy options are the perfect choice for those in Delaware, Ohio, and surrounding areas that with trained staff that are ready to help you address your child’s developmental needs. Make an appointment online or call us today at (740) 369-3650 to get started.