Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy addresses a child’s performance and ability to participate in activities of everyday life. A child’s occupation is everything they do to “occupy” themselves. Participation in occupation includes play, activities of daily living, education, and social participation. Occupational therapists evaluate underlying performance skills and address how it impacts the child’s ability to function and engage in occupations. 

 

Skill areas addressed in Occupational Therapy:

  • Motor development- Range of motion, Muscle strength, Fine motor skills, Grasp and prehension skills, Bilateral and midline skills, Movement transitions, Prewriting/writing skills, Object manipulation, Eye-hand coordination, Oral motor skills
  • Sensory processing- Body awareness, Self-control, Motor planning, Vestibular/proprioceptive/tactile/auditory/visual processing
  • Cognition- Memory, Task attention, process, and completion, problem solving, reasoning, 
  • Self-help skills- Feeding, Toileting, Dressing, Bathing, Grooming
  • Visual perception- Visual tracking, Visual closure, Spatial orientation, Visual memory, Form constancy, Visual discrimination
  • Social/emotional development- Social skills and community integration, family resources
  • Adaptive techniques and compensatory strategies
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