Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office, emphasizes that pediatric occupational therapy is all about “the job of living”. Families can capitalize of events and activities already happening around the house to facilitate development and improve skills. In June, she shares:
“School is out! As a parent, I don‚Äôt find that statement quite as exciting as my kids do. I am thankful I‚Äôm not racing around in the mornings or fighting traffic. I am however finding myself trying to be more purposeful with our time at home together. It‚Äôs far too easy for us to end up watching TV most of the day. Some children have a harder time during these ‚Äúfree days‚Äù as they thrive with consistent schedules/routines that they are accustomed to during each school day. Do you find that your children are having a hard time with transitions or seem to be having more meltdowns than usual?”
Try avoiding meltdowns by using picture schedules to help your children (and you) know what activities to expect that day. It can be a great way to involve your child in weekly planning of activities too.
To make the schedules I often print and laminate pictures or photographs of events or objects that will be a part of the daily routine.
Examples include: getting dressed, eating breakfast, reading, puzzles, cars, pool, park and shopping.
An occupational therapist provides practical suggestions for parents and caregivers as part of a home program.