What is Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy focuses on occupations or activities of daily living. Occupations include eating, playing, learning, sleeping, interacting with peers, dressing, hygiene, and physical activities. All ages have occupations from an infant’s ability to explore their environment to a young adult making a meal. Activities of daily living can be negatively impacted by various dysfunctions such as mental/physical trauma, birth defects, or sensory processing issues. Occupational therapists are specialized in focusing on building the skills needed to promote success in school, socialization, learning, physical activities, self-care, and much, much more!
Who May Benefit from Occupational Therapy
Children and adolescents with certain medical/mental health conditions will benefit from OT:
- Birth injuries or birth defects
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Behavioral Problems
- Learning problems
- Fine Motor/Gross Motor Delays
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delays
- Spina Bifida
- Cerebral Palsy
When to Ask Your Pediatrician for an Occupational Therapy Referral.
Talk to your pediatrician when your infant/child/adolescent has difficulty with engaging in age typical activities of daily living.