What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy focuses on the skills for the job of living. The very word "occupation" refers to an activity which "occupies" a person's time. Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children gain the skills needed for their daily occupations. Occupations in childhood include play, socialization, self-care, and school performance. For example, an infant has the occupation of eating and self-soothing; older children have the occupation of playing and learning.

Occupational therapy uses purposeful goal directed activities to improve a child's performance in postural stability, sensory integration, motor planning, coordination, self-help skills, social interactions, and play abilities. For children, therapeutic intervention is often used in conjunction with play to enhance the child's engagement and involvement.

We help children who have difficulties with:

Fine Motor Skills

  • Illegible writing for their age
  • Difficulty using scissors or utensils
  • Inability to manage age-appropriate fasteners on clothing

Play Skills

  • Does not look at people in the eyes
  • Does not use pretend play
  • Overly focuses on one type of play (e.g., stacking or spinning objects)

Self-Help Skills

  • Difficulties with feeding
  • Picky eater (does not try new foods or foods that are messy, and frequently has tantrums during mealtime)
  • Difficulties with dressing
  • Extreme resistance to grooming or bathing activities

Sensory Processing

  • Has difficulty sitting still at school
  • Does not tolerate getting messy
  • Has difficulty with changes to their schedule or routine
  • Has difficulty calming / self-regulating
  • Is fearful of playground equipment

Motor Planning

  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Difficulty imitating body positions
  • Coordination problems (clumsy or uncoordinated)

Improving the lives of children and their families!