Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps a child perform everyday skills and activities. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), "Occupational Therapists focus on fine motor, visual-motor, and sensory processing skills needed for basic activities of daily living." This might include help feeding or dressing themselves, improving their handwriting, going to the bathroom independently, behavioral regulation and as well as many other age appropriate skills.
Occupational Therapists work with infants and children using therapeutic activities to increase the child’s abilities in self-care, play and eye-hand coordination. Occupational Therapists use a variety of treatments, one of which is sensory integration. Sensory Integration is the ability of the brain and body to take incoming sensory information and create an efficient motor output.
Your child may need an OT screening, evaluation, or treatment if they have any of the following symptoms:
- Touches people or objects constantly (seeking sensory input)
- Crashes and/or bangs into people or objects
- Poor attention/difficulty sitting still
- Difficulty calming self
- Under-active or Overactive
- Exaggerated behaviors or reactions
- Limited play skills
- Poor social development
- Limited independence in self care skills
- Difficulty transitioning or accepting change in environment or routine
- Poor fine motor skills
- Decreased motor control
- Decreased eye hand coordination
- Overly sensitive to sensory input
- Under responsive to sensory input
See our Occupational Therapists.