Occupational Therapy Newsletter
April is OT Month!
By now you probably have a good idea what OT is all about, but just incase you don't, here is some information to help you better understand the profession...
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy provides children with the tools to be as successful and independent as possible in the school setting!
How can an Occupational Therapist help a child?
- Occupational Therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals that evaluate and assist children that are having difficulty participating in meaningful activities or “occupations” that are needed to conduct their daily routines and live their life to the fullest.
- For a child, this may include the development of life skills such as learning at school, playing, completing self-care task, relating to others, and fulfilling their role as a family member.
- In the schools, Occupational Therapists address the needs of students experiencing delays, disabilities, or health challenges through therapeutic intervention to promote skill advancement, the use of compensatory strategies, adaptations to the child’s equipment and environment, and/or modifying the curriculum or activity.
- Occupational therapists also collaborate with teachers, parents, and others to identify and modify barriers that restrict a child’s success and model strategies for others to use that will extend the benefits of direct intervention.
Why would a child be referred to an Occupational Therapist?
Fine Motor Difficulties: Holding crayons, pencils and other small objects, stringing beads, using clothing fasteners, manipulating toys
Eye-Hand Coordination Difficulties: Scissor use, puzzles, ball skills
Visual Motor Delays: Printing, drawing, forming shapes, coloring
Visual Perceptual Delays: Sorting, matching, figure ground, scanning, letter reversals
Self-Care Delays: Dressing, feeding, using utensils, tying, bathing and shampooing, grooming
Sensory Processing Difficulties: Delays in adaptive responses to sights, sounds, movement, touch, taste
Decreased Strength: Manipulating resistive materials, moving against gravity, sustaining body positions
Decreased Range of Motion: Limits in moving arms, fingers, legs, head, or other body parts
Social Difficulties: Interacting with others, following routines
How can I find and Occupational Therapist?
- Your child’s school
- Your local children’s hospital
- Early Intervention Programs
- Private Occupational Therapy clinics
- Ask your pediatrician
information provided by Tools To Grow inc.