Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. OT can help kids with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and occupational therapists can evaluate kids' skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.
these medical problems might benefit from OT
• birth injuries or birth defects.
• sensory processing disorders.
• traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord).
• learning problems.
• autism/pervasive developmental disorders.
• juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.
• mental health or behavioral problems.
• broken bones or other orthopedic injuries.
• developmental delays.
• post-surgical conditions.
• spina bifida
• traumatic amputations
• severe hand injuries
• multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses c
• Help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills
• Address hand-eye coordination to improve kids' play skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.).
• Help kids with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves).
• Help kids with behavioral disorders learn anger-management techniques (i.e., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity).
• Teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills needed to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting.
• Evaluate a child's need for specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids.
• Work with kids who have sensory and attention issues to improve focus and social skills