Who can benefit from OT?

 

Occupational therapy for children addresses a variety of skills unique to the process of growing and learning throughout childhood. The "occupations" of children are typically classified in three ways:

  • Work = Participating in learning in school or preschool/daycare.
  • Leisure = Play and social skills
  • Self-Care = Daily activities (brushing teeth, getting dressed)

 

If your child demonstrates any of the following he/she may benefit from occupational therapy intervention:

  • Difficulty manipulating toys or tools (turning knobs, handling utensils)
  • Weakness in the arms, hands or muscles used for posture
  • Difficulty handling changes in routine
  • More trouble than same-age peers with play activities - puzzles, games
  • Lagging developmental milestones
  • Restricted eating patterns
  • Difficulty engaging in play activities with other children
  • Difficulty with self-care skills (when age-appropriate)

 

 

 

Any child with a documented or suspected delay in development may benefit from occupational therapy. In addition, the following is a partial list of common medical diagnoses often supplemented with treatment by occupational therapy according to the AOTA.

        • Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD's)
        • sensory processing disorders
        • traumatic injuries
        • cognitive delays/learning difficulty 
        • birth injuries or birth defects
        • mental health or behavioral problems
        • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
        • developmental delays
        • post-surgical conditions
        • spina bifida
        • severe hand injuries
        • multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses  
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