Many years ago I chose to become an occupational therapist working in the field of pediatrics. Occupational Therapy is a medical profession that uses engaging and everyday activities to help children and adults either recover skills that were lost due to accident or injury or gain skills that are slow to develop.
I engage with children who have Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, feeding disorders, genetic disorders, metabolic disorders, sensory processing disorders and even children with mild handwriting difficulties.
Occupation refers to everyday activitie including self-care skills, school readiness skills (i.e., handwriting and cutting), play, and how we participate in family and community activities. As therapists we promote skill development in motor skills, visual skills, sensory processing skills, attention and other higher level cognitive and social skills.
With children, much of our treatment includes fun, play-based activities because this is highly motivating and the children are sometimes unaware that they are engaged in exercise or work activities that promote skill development.
If you have questions or concerns about any area of your child’s development, talk to your pediatrician about referring you for an Occupational Therapy evaluation or call us at Child and Family Development (click here for locations and phone numbers) to schedule a screening or evaluation.
If you know an Occupational Therapist already, please wish them a “HAPPY OT MONTH!”