What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work with children to gain skills needed for success in daily life and across contexts! We aim to holistically help each child engage in occupations: simply, any tasks or activities needed for success at home, school, and in their community. We help kids gain independence and confidence while strengthening development in different areas such as:

  • Self-care skills (dressing, feeding, hygiene)
  • Sensory integration and regulation
  • Play skills
  • Emotional regulation 
  • Body awareness 
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual motor skills

How do we do this? Through a child’s biggest foundational tool: play! We work to connect relationally to each child and learn their own interests, strengths, and find ways which motivates each child to succeed. We want therapy to be fun, safe, and inviting.

The Impact of Occupational Therapy

A child’s role in life is to play and interact with other children. Our pediatric occupational therapists evaluate a child’s current skills related to play, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. OTs help children perform daily activities they may find challenging by addressing sensory, social, behavioral, motor, and environmental issues.

You may want to seek out an Occupational Therapy evaluation if your child struggles with:
  • Grooming (baths, teeth/hair brushing, nail or hair cutting)
  • Sensitivity to touch, taste, sound, smells, or multi sensory input 
  • Over/hyper sensitivity to clothing or tactile input 
  • Handwriting skills
  • Transitions between activities/places
  • Clumsiness/Bumping into things/decreased body awareness
  • Swinging/jumping/having feet off ground
  • Fine motor activities (coloring, puzzles, cutting, general use of their hands) 
  • Visual skills including visual motor and perception
  • Emotional regulation challenges
  • Maintaining focus, attention, and engagement
  • Low muscle tone

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