March 20, 2013

OTpicChildren love to express their independence, either by trying a new task on their own or simply stating “I can do it” when a parent tries to help.

But some children have difficulty developing the skills needed to become more independent.

That’s when an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant can help!

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help children achieve independence. The therapists work with children on self-care — dressing, grooming, toileting, bathing and self-feeding — as well as everyday tasks at home or school.

As a result of occupational therapy, children improve, develop and restore their fine motor functions.

So what can parents expect from occupational therapy?

First, an occupational therapist will provide an individualized evaluation and discuss goals with the parents. Second, the therapist will develop customized interventions to improve the child’s ability to perform daily activities and reach his/her goals. Third, an outcomes evaluation is conducted to ensure that the goals are being met or to make changes to the intervention plan.

Wondering if occupational therapy is right for your child? Children with the following diagnoses typically benefit from occupational therapy:

  • Developmental delay
  • Perceptual motor delay
  • Visual perceptual delay
  • Feeding difficulties/disorders
  • Sensory integrative dysfunction
  • Dysgraphia (moderate handwriting difficulty)
  • Gross motor planning problems (uncoordinated)
  • Fine motor planning problems
  • Difficulty maintaining attention
  • Autism spectrum disorders (PDD, Asperger’s Syndrome, etc.)
  • Neurological impairments resulting in delay of skill development
  • Genetic disorders resulting in delay of skill development
  • Prematurity

Our therapists our committed to helping your child succeed. If you have questions or want more information about our occupational therapy services, contact the Epic branch nearest you.