Accept, Motivate, Teach...Change Lives!
A treatment that focuses on helping people of all ages acheive independence in certain areas of their lives. OT
can provide positive, fun activities to improve cognitive, physical and motor skills, and enhance self-esteem
as well as providing a sense of accomplishment.
A child's main job is playing and learning. An Occupational therapist can evaluate a child's skills for play
activities, school performance, sensory processing and activities of daily living and compare them to what is
developmentally appropriate for a certain age group.
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an
individual's physical well-being, occupational therapy practitioners address psychological, social and
environmental factors that may hinder and individual's functioning in different ways. This unique approach
makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care for some children.
Occupational therapists specializing in pediatrics address the following:
• Hand-eye coordination to improve play skills, such as hitting a target and batting a ball
• Visual perception skills such as copying from a blackboard, reading and finding objects in a
• Help children with severe developmental delays, learn basic tasks such as bathing, getting
dressed, brushing their teeth and feeding themselves
• Help kids with behavioral disorders learn anger-management techniques and positive social
• Develop, implement, educate and modify sensory integration strategies
• Teach children with physical disabilities the coordination skills required to feed themselves, use
a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting
• Evaluate each child's needs for specialized equipment, such as wheelchars, splints, bathing
seats or dressing devices