Occupational therapy is designed to help children develop the skills necessary to thrive in their daily lives and support development. By working closely with an occupational therapist, you can gain valuable insights and strategies to support your child’s growth and development, helping them to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Fine Motor Coordination & Handwriting refers to the ability to use the small muscles of the hands and fingers in a coordinated and precise manner. Handwriting, as a specific example, involves the application of fine motor coordination to produce written communication. Examples of when fine motor coordination is used : when using eating utensils, zippering a jacket.
Sensory Integration Processing is the way our brain interprets & responds to sensory information from our environment. Addressing sensory processing challenges can help children better regulate their responses to sensory input, provide better focus and improve their overall participation and functioning in daily activities.
Visual & Perceptual Skills, refer to the ability to interpret and make sense of visual information from our environment. These skills involve tasks such as recognizing shapes, letters, and numbers, understanding spatial relationships, and coordinating eye movements for activities like reading and writing. Occupational therapists work with children to develop and improve these skills, enabling them to better navigate and interact with their surroundings.
Executive Functioning refers to a set of cognitive skills that help us plan, organize, and carry out tasks successfully. It involves skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, time management, and self-control, which are essential for goal-oriented behaviors and independent functioning in daily life.
Emotional Regulation skills, in occupational therapy, refer to the ability to understand, manage, and express emotions in a healthy and appropriate manner. These skills involve recognizing and coping with various emotions, self-regulating behaviors, and developing effective strategies to navigate and respond to different emotional experiences.
Gross Motor Skills & Muscle Strength refer to the ability to use large muscle groups to perform movements and activities that involve the whole body, such as crawling, jumping, or throwing a ball. Muscle strength, on the other hand, relates to the power and endurance of the muscles, which is essential for maintaining posture, stability, and engaging in physical activities.
Balance & Coordination refer to the ability to control and coordinate movements in a smooth and controlled manner while maintaining stability and equilibrium. Balance involves maintaining an upright posture and stability, while coordination involves the synchronization of different body parts to perform tasks effectively and efficiently.
Primitive/Retained Reflexes refer to reflexes that are typically present during infancy but should integrate (or become controlled/voluntary) as a child develops. When these reflexes persist beyond the expected age, they can interfere with the development of motor skills, coordination, and overall function, requiring therapeutic intervention to address and integrate them appropriately.
Independence & Life Skills refer to a child’s ability to perform daily activities and tasks necessary for their self-care, productivity, and participation in the community. These skills include things like dressing, feeding oneself, personal hygiene, managing time and responsibilities, and engaging in meaningful activities with minimal assistance or support.
Feeding skills refer to a child’s ability to eat and drink independently, effectively, and safely. These skills involve various aspects such as self-feeding, using utensils, chewing, swallowing, and managing food textures and quantities.
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