What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists (OTs) observe a child’s whole body and the environment to assess overall functioning. The general goal of treatment is to help the child participate as independently as possible in their occupations (play, school, friendships, etc.). Below is a list of skills that may be addressed.

Thinking and organization
Attention and completing tasks
Fine motor skills and gross motor skills
Visual motor integration
Activities of Daily Living (dressing, buttoning, zipping, handwashing, toileting, sleeping, etc.)

Sensory processing
Social skills
Self-Esteem and self-advocacy

Occupational therapy may be recommended for your child by your pediatrician or another healthcare provider

if they are showing signs of developmental delay in physical, social, emotional, or mental domains. In this case, the healthcare professional will usually tell you why they are making the recommendation.