What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is use of assessments and intervention to facilitate, improve or regain lost functional independence.
What does occupational therapists do?
Occupational therapists are qualified health professionals who work with people of all ages and abilities to do the things they need and want to in all aspects of life, such as taking care of oneself and others independently, working, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events.
The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to achieve independence/ minimal dependence in the occupations of everyday life.
# Occupational therapy in child care services/Pediatrics:
Play and learning are main occupations of the child. O.T works kids having different impairments (visual, physical, hearing, cognitive) to help them achieve age appropriate independence in day to day life.
O.T work as a team with parents, educators and other healthcare professionals (speech therapists, physiotherapist, counsellor, orthotician, etc)
# Who can benefit from Occupational Therapy
Kids having difficulties with
- Attention issues
- Learning difficulties
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Downs syndrome and other genetic conditions
- Handwriting concerns
- Sensory issues
- Visual perception
- Social skills
- Behavioural issues
- Intellectual disabilities
· Or any other concerns with respect to play, academics, or daily living