What is Occupational therapy (OT)?
Occupational therapy supports a child’s and family’s ability to participate in daily activities, such as getting ready for bed or taking the bus to school. An occupational therapy practitioner will keep the focus on the things you and your child need and want to do – your child’s and family’s goals, your child’s activities, your child’s independence and function and success. Occupational therapy can help your child achieve their goals, stay as healthy and productive as possible, participate in everyday activities.
Why would a child need Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy can help a child in many ways. The core of OT is to promote participation. This can mean helping a child with concentration challenges, supporting children with Autism to socialize with peers, helping children in wheelchairs participate with peers, helping children with disabilities get dressed everyday, or helping all children to use toys and tools such as crayons. OT will work with each child and their parents to allow the child to be as independent as possible.