Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) focus on the development or regaining of skills needed for everyday activities. This can include gross motor coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive skills, self-care skill, visual motor/perceptual skills, and sensory processing needs. Fine motor skills can include activities such as grasp, handwriting, scissor skills, and manipulation of fasteners (buttons, zipper, etc.). Self-care skills can include feeding, dressing, and overall hygiene. Occupational Therapists often help children coordinate gross motor movements in the sense of timing, rhythm, and isolating movements. Integrating primitive reflexes is also an important milestone for all children. From infancy to adolescence, Pediatric Occupational Therapist help children achieve independence in everyday activities.
What are the benefits of Occupational Therapy?What are the benefits of Occupational Therapy?
- Improve fine motor skills
- Improve feeding, dressing, and hygiene skills
- Improve visual motor/ perceptual skills
- Regulate level of arousal for participation in functional activities
- Increase socialization, organizational skills, and self confidence
- Develop a sensory diet
- Prevent/ non-surgically correct upper extremity deformities
- Fitting and ordering of custom splints