What It Is
Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping children with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with someone's physical well-being, OT practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect functioning in different ways. This approach makes OT a vital part of health care for some kids.
How it works
Our occupational therapists provide interventions to children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays and are experiencing difficulties functioning in one or more areas of their lives. Occupational therapy may include facilitating performance of coordinated motor skills and/or use of the hands, as well as promoting skills for listening and following directions, self-regulation, social play, dressing, and grooming. Some other areas of focus may include helping children improve abstract reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing, and motor planning. All of these skills are crucial for independent living and success across many environments.
Alyssa May, OTR/L
Katie O'Neil, OTR/L
Issues Commonly Addressed
- Sensorimotor skills
- Autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- Mental health or behavioral problems
- Sensory processing integration
- Visual-motor integration
- Visual perceptual skills
- Fine motor control and coordination
- Gross motor control and coordination
- Self-care skills
- Social and peer interaction skills
- Executive functioning skills