Will occupational therapy help my child?

OT helps children play, improves their school performance and helps with their daily activities. It also increases your self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Everyone has an occupation or job to do. A child's occupation is growing up, learning, doing homework, and playing.

Occupational therapy (OT) helps children who have a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. It helps them do everyday things, such as eating, putting on shoes and socks, focusing on learning, writing, and playing with toys or other children. Occupational therapists work on cognitive, physical and motor skills to help children become more independent and self-reliant. When children start doing things on their own, they feel pride and confidence in their abilities.

They don't have to rely so much on others because they can adapt to do things for themselves. Occupational therapy (OT) helps children acquire or regain the skills needed to perform the activities or “occupations of daily living.” A child's primary occupation is play. Additional occupations include developmentally appropriate activities, such as sitting, stacking blocks, eating a snack, dressing, and drawing a picture. Occupational therapists use their expertise in anatomy and physiology, neurology, psychology, sensory and motor development to determine the underlying difficulties that affect success and independence with activities.

Pediatric occupational therapists work in a variety of settings, such as homes, schools, or other healthcare facilities.

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