Typically, children learn to master every day activities and skills as they reach various developmental milestones. However, some children have trouble navigating and exploring the world around them and need help to develop these skills. This is where Occupational Therapy (OT) steps in, mainly to help with skills that require motor coordination, balance and movement. While OT mainly focuses on mastering these skills, developing the independence that comes with it also boosts children's self-esteem and confidence. The core of OT is to help children adapt and gain independence by overcoming challenges that their special needs or disabilities bring about. Occupational Therapists can help children adapt and gain independence by teaching them basic self-care, improving their fine & gross motor abilities, ensuring they develop age-appropriate skills.
Occupational Therapy is a popular choice of therapy when it comes to helping children with developmental delays and especially those with motor skills challenges. While it helps children gain independence in various skills it is also used to help children who face physical, cognitive, sensory and emotional challenges stemming from various needs. OT can be used in various settings and can help children improve their performance at school, home and various social settings .
Does my child need Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy can become a necessity at any point of time. Although Occupational Therapists work with children of all ages, OT can also become necessary after a child has suffered an illness or injury and needs to relearn some skills previously mastered or adjust to a new disability. E.g.; learning to walk after suffering an injury.
For children, OT can help with
Occupational Therapists work with children with a wide range of conditions. These include
As with all interventions, timely intervention can bring the best outcomes. When children receive occupational therapy at the right time, it can help reduce the potential of developmental delays and help families meet the needs of their children’s unique needs. Once a therapist conducts a complete evaluation of the child, they work together with parents to draw up goals for the child, based on priority and need. An occupational therapist will also train parents how to practice skills in various settings and frequency as it helps children master skills better.
Remember that all children are different and develop these skill sets at their own pace. However, if you think your child may be struggling with achieving skills in certain areas and are far behind age- appropriate skills, it is best to reach out for an evaluation.
Our Occupational Therapists at Tactopus can help you understand your child’s needs and draw up a plan for progress.