Occupational therapy practitioners have training in psychological and mental health conditions and are well suited to address children’s emotional and behavioral needs as they relate to everyday activities and social interactions.
- For example, occupational therapy practitioners help children develop the ability to cope with challenges, and to use calming strategies to deal with frustration, defuse anger, and manage impulsivity in order to succeed at individual tasks and collaborative interactions at home, at school, and in the community.
Occupational therapy practitioners:
- Work with infants, toddlers, students in preschool, and elementary, middle, and high school to support successful learning, appropriate behavior, and participation in daily routines and activities.
- Address self-determination and self-advocacy skills, along with the transition into adult roles. As children grow older, skills for success in independent living become essential.
For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills (e.g., preschool and school activities), be creative and/or derive enjoyment (e.g., play), and thrive (e.g., self-care and relationships with others) as both a means and an end.
Occupational therapy practitioners work with children of all ages and abilities through the habilitation and rehabilitation process.
Recommended interventions are based on:
- A thorough understanding of typical development
- The environments in which children engage (e.g., home, school, playground)
- The impact of disability, illness, and impairment on the individual child’s development, play, learning, and overall occupational performance.