Pediatric occupational therapist focuses on childhood occupations like play, school tasks, social and self-care.
The Goal of Hope’s OT is finding the right kind of therapy plan that would cater for the child’s needs and work around them to achieve optimum independence.
Our sensory integration trained (process by which we receive information from environment through our senses and organize information to function in daily activities) occupational therapists at Hope work on identifying underlying skills important for learning and performing tasks.
Pediatric occupational therapy works on
- Fine motor skills
- Coordination of two sides of body
- Gross motor coordination
- Visual perceptual skills
- Body awareness
- Sensory modulation (regulation sensory stimulus)
- Oculomotor skills
- Daily living tasks
- Social skills
Therapists not only work with a child but also with parents, caregivers and teachers to give all around practice of newly learned skills.
When you should come to see an occupational therapist?
Anytime when a child is not functioning age appropriately or when something is getting difficult to carry out in the daily routine smoothly, you might see an occupational therapist. The child will benefit if they have:
- Decreased balance (clumsy child)
- Sensory issues
- Poor fine motor coordination
- Difficulty in handwriting or ill eligible writing
- Learning disability
- Delayed motor skills
- Low muscle tone or strength
- Decreased attention
- Decreased visual perceptual skills
- Difficulty with feeding in terms of sensory or is a picky eater or messy eater
- Difficulty with gross motor skills
- Is not able to perform daily living task (eating, dressing and undressing, grooming etc.) age appropriately
Various standardized assessments and screenings may be performed age appropriately for targeted therapy plans, and to reach those goals, continuous evaluation is done to ensure that the goals are being met.
This is why at HOPE our Occupational therapy goal focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to grow into independent adults.