What does an Occupational Therapist do?
The primary goal of an Occupational Therapist (OT) is to enable children to participate in the activities of everyday life. The word Occupation is a strange one, as we think of it as in a job, however the word relates to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. In the context of therapy for children this means helping children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also involves educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children.
How do OTs help Children?
The focus of intervention(therapy) is using children's everyday activities and modifying activities and environments to better suit a child's needs. Some of the areas that are typically covered are:
- managing sensory sensitivities
- behavioral and co-ordination difficulties
- designing support programs that allow children to use their skills and strengths optimally
Why you or your child might want to see an OT?
You’re most likely to see an OT if your child has difficulties with:
- managing transitions
- self care
- school work tasks such as concentrating and writing
- or has sensory difficulties