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Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational therapists work with children, their families, caregivers, and teachers to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them and enable them to learn and develop life skills (preschool and school), be creative (play), and thrive (self care and relationships with others).

The primary occupations of children are playing, learning, and interacting with caregivers and peers. Occupational therapists address developmental milestones such as facilitating movement to sit, crawl, or walk; learning to pay attention and follow simple instructions; developing the ability to eat, drink, wash, and dress independently, learning to cope with disappointment or failure, reducing extraneous environmental stimuli, building skills for sharing, taking turns, playing with peers; using toys in traditional and creative ways; and participating in age appropriate daily routines.

OT helps children to develop underlying skills for learning and performing specific tasks. OT helps children develop basic sensory awareness and motor skills needed for motor development, learning, and healthy behavior such as:

  • Body Awareness
  • Coordination between the two sides of the body
  • Fine Motor Control
  • Visual Motor Skills
  • Motor Planning
  • Sensory Processing
  • Sensory Modulation
  • Self Regulation
  • Ocular Motor

Children will benefit from OT if they have:

  • Poor Coordination
  • Decreased balance (“clumsy”)
  • Delayed Motor Skills
  • Low Muscle Tone
  • Difficulty with handwriting
  • Difficulty attending
  • Behavioral challenges or social skills issues
  • Difficulty with feeding (“Picky eater”)
  • Difficulty Transitioning from activities or people
  • Social/Emotional Outbursts