What is OT

Occupational therapy is a treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. For kids with various needs it offers positive, fun activities to improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Occupational therapists, trained in neuromuscular, cognitive, perceptual, and developmental functioning; view each client holistically, taking into account strengths and needs in each area of his or her life, in each role or “occupation” the client holds. For children, a primary role is to experiment and participate in the world around them to learn and grow; this often occurs during play. “Play is a child’s work”. Other roles for children are being a member of the family, being a friend or playmate, and being a student in an educational setting &/or extracurricular activity.

Occupational therapy evaluations take into account:

  • Core body strength and endurance
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor and hand writing skills
  • Visual motor & visual perceptual abilities
  • Oral motor skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Self-regulation
  • Ocular motor function
  • Social-emotional status
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
    • Use of utensils & cup
    • Use of oral structures for eating
    • Dressing & undressing (and fastening clothing)
    • Organization & sequencing of tasks

Common Diagnostic Categories Treated With Occupational Therapy:

  • Neuromuscular conditions such as Cerebral Palsy
  • Poor motor coordination
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficits
  • Poor self-regulation &/or organization of behavior
  • Developmental issues related to prematurity and/or low birth weight
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Developmental disorders
  • Down Syndrome
  • Genetic Disorders

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