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Occupational Therapy

What is it and what does it address?

Occupational Therapy helps children in many ways. Occupational therapists (OT’s) work on increasing competency with:

  • Sensational Kidsmotor and coordination skills like riding a bike, tying shoelaces, or making letters
  • self-help skills such as dressing, using utensils, toileting, or bathing
  • fine motor and visual perceptual skills needed for handwriting and written expression
  • improving play skills when a child has difficulty engaging and interacting with others. 

In addition, OT’s closely observe how children organize information they receive through their senses when playing or working in order to develop strategies to improve their regulation.  When regulated, children have increased success with their daily occupations, such as school work, playing with others or doing things they find challenging without having meltdowns or shutting down.  OT’s can also address delays in feeding skills, oral sensitivities, or helping picky eaters expand their food choices.

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