Occupational therapy is all about occupation, and though we can focus on the traditional "job" as your child grows into adulthood, we are not job coaches. "Occupation" is how we refer to anything your child "needs to", "wants to", or "has to" do. When it comes to pediatric therapists, we help facilitate kiddos to perform their most important "job", being a kid. Your child is complex and holds multiple "occupational roles". These roles can be student, family member, teammate, musician, artist, friend, basically anything that is an important part of your child's life. If your child has difficulty carrying out any of these roles, an occupational therapist can facilitate your child in using their strengths to adapt and lead a meaningful life.
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals that use scientifically based evidence and research to look at the child through a holistic lens in order to facilitate full participation in life. The occupational therapist looks at the child as a whole, taking into account the physical, psychosocial, sensory, cognitive, and emotional makeup of each individual to form an individualized plan of care aimed at improving the child’s overall quality of life through increased occupational success and participation. The most important occupation of childhood is play. Through play, your child can develop necessary social, cognitive, fine and gross motor, and self-care skills. It may look like we are "just playing". However, your occupational therapist is assessing your child and environment, facilitating skill development, and adjusting the task and environment to enable your child to reach success.
Your child may benefit from OT if they have:
OT Addresses, but is not limited to: