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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a specialized practice that promotes function in everyday activities such as grooming, bathing, and dressing; when working with children the occupation of play is emphasized and utilized in treatment. 

  • Facilitates normal development and stimulates early learning
  • Improves ability to listen and follow directions
  • Improves central auditory processing
  • Improves balance, coordination, movement awareness and overall strength
  • Reduces or alleviates phobias and separation anxiety
  • Improves health and overall well-being
  • Improves handwriting and eye-hand coordination
  • Improves motor development, self concept, emotional maturation, perceptual cognitive processes and communication through sensory integrative therapy
  • Promotes independence in essential life skills pertaining to self-care, mobility, and social adjustment

Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults. Children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child’s main job is playing and learning, and an occupational therapist can evaluate a child’s skills for play activities, school performance, and activities of daily living and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an individual’s physical well-being, Occupational Therapy practitioners address psychological, social, and environmental factors that may hinder an individual’s functioning in different ways. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care for many children.

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