Occupational Therapy is an allied health profession whose aim is to promote health and wellness and to restore, reinforce, and enhance skills and functions that have been compromised due to atypical growth and development, injury, impairment, illness, or activity limitation. Occupational therapists treat people throughout the entire lifespan. When the profession began in the early 1900’s the term occupation did not refer to one’s job. Occupations were the purposeful activities performed daily during work, rest, and play. Occupation also referred to the variety of roles that comprised a person’s identity. A child’s most salient occupational roles include being a family member, student, community member, and most importantly, since children learn by play and exploration, a successful player.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to be successful in their occupational roles. The primary focus is helping children develop sensory and motor foundations necessary to master developmental tasks, promote adaptive skills, and achieve independence in activities of daily living (self care tasks related to feeding, dressing, hygiene etc.) Occupational Therapists use fun, purposeful, goal directed activities to facilitate growth and development. Within the context of play, the therapist essentially creates the opportunities that are necessary to promote function, competency and the mastery of skills. The therapist creates the “just right challenge” for the child and utilizes the child’s own intrinsic motivation to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities. Therapy is definitely work for the child even though it may not look like it.
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Occupational Therapists provide services in the following areas:
- Visual Perceptual and Visual-Motor Skills
- Activities of Daily Living
In fact, the more therapy looks like fun, and the more engaged and playful the child is, the more skilled the therapist is.