What is Occupational Therapy?

The purpose of occupational therapy is to restore maximum ability in a person’s “occupations.” Occupation as it relates to a child encompasses playing, learning and socializing. Our goal is to assist in the facilitation of a child’s growth in all areas of their occupation; Activities of daily living (self-help skills), home functioning (interaction with family, leisure and play skills) and school functioning (interaction with peers, skills for academic performance).

Intervention results in…

improved fine motor, gross motor and visual perceptual skills. It also increases a child’s social participation and self-regulation. Successful skill acquisition in these areas assists in facilitating a child’s ability to reach their highest level of independence and positively affects their confidence and self-esteem.

Some signs that indicate a child may need an Occupational Therapy Evaluation…

  • Lacks body awareness (bumps into or trips over things)
  • Delay in motor coordination (gross/fine motor skills)
  • Difficulty with balance activities
  • Appears clumsy or uncoordinated
  • Lacks hand preference
  • Difficulty grading force required for a task
  • Uses one hand for tasks that require both
  • Difficulty with forming peer relationships or lacks appropriate social skills for age.
  • Withdrawn on playground/activities
  • Appears defensive to touch/textures, tastes, smells or sounds
  • Excessively craves rough play and may show lack of safety awareness
  • Is always in motion or difficulty attending
  • Delays in speech (children who have delays in speech can also demonstrate motor delays)