Occupational therapists work with your child's care team, including physical therapists, to help the child become as independent as possible.
How Can An Occupational Therapist Help My Child?
Occupational therapists work on these areas to enhance your child's participation in school and community activities:
- Daily living activities
- Fine motor skills
- Eye-hand coordination
- Reasoning and thinking skills
- Acquiring developmental skills
Specialized services include:
- Wheelchair evaluations: Wheelchair and adaptive seating evaluations ensure children sit correctly and comfortably in their mobility equipment. The evaluations also assess whether the devices best meet the child’s needs and offer as much independence as possible.
- Cognitive rehabilitation: Helping patients with brain injuries restore or improve thinking, reasoning, judgment and expression abilities.
- Sensory motor therapy: For children whose senses (such as touch, hearing, sight and taste) are over-sensitive or under-sensitive to stimuli in the environment.
- Constraint-induced therapy: For children with weakness or total loss of motor skills on one side of the body. The unaffected side of the body is restrained to force greater use and strengthening of the affected side.