What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a form of therapy that promotes active participation in daily activities and offers prevention, promotion, and interventions for various populations and settings.
How does Occupational Therapy work?
A referral is made through your child’s physician. Upon receipt of the referral a thorough evaluation is completed and an individualized intervention plan is written for your child’s specific needs. Your child’s therapy program will then be implemented by a highly trained Occupational Therapist.
Why would my child need Occupational Therapy?
There are many ways occupational therapy might help your child. The core of occupational therapy is to promote participation. This can mean helping a child who has concentration challenges to succeed in school, supporting a child with autism to socialize, helping a child who uses a wheelchair to play with his or her peers, helping a child with a developmental disability get dressed independently, helping all children to play with toys or use tools such as crayons—addressing whatever may be a particular child’s skills and needs. Occupational therapy practitioners also focus on prevention, promoting healthy lifestyles, and addressing mental health. For the young child, occupational therapy focuses on promoting growth and development and helps families with caregiving strategies.