Melissa Petcu MS OTR/L, occupational therapist at the Midtown office of Child and Family Development, emphasizes that pediatric occupational therapy is all about “the job of living”. Families can capitalize of events and activities already happening when they are out and about in the community to facilitate development and improve skills. In March, she shares:
Does your child ever get a case of the fidgets during church? Us too. If he needs more movement or sensory input, try a wiggle seat in the pew or chair for a child that needs more movement. For the auditory defensive child, consider where you sit; Stay away from the direct source of loud sounds (organ pipes, bands, speakers). General tips include bringing a quiet today such as a puzzle, lacing game, coloring pages or snack to occupy your child. This is a great time to sneak in some fine motor practice!