Occupational therapists can assist with achieving improved body awareness, developing fine motor control, facilitating improved visual perceptual skills, and coordinating with families to improve self-regulation, sensory modulation, and organizational skills.
The work of a pediatric occupational therapist involves analyzing and treating skeletal, neuromuscular, and/or cognitive restrictions of their young patients. It also includes helping them in developing their interaction and communication skills, refinement of fine motor skills, and educating them in self-care.
Kids can benefit from occupational therapy if they have:
- poor coordination
- decreased balance (“clumsiness”)
- low muscle tone or strength
- difficulty with handwriting, awkward grasp of utensils or tools
- have been diagnosed with a learning disability
- difficulty completing tasks that seem easily attained by peers
- decreased attention or ability to participate in age appropriate activities
- decreased visual skills including visual perceptual skills and visual motor skills
- sensory processing difficulties
- difficulties with feeding including food aversions or a limited diet.
Patience and persistence are important traits that all therapists at Milestone display. For example, many of our patients are too young to understand verbal instructions, so games and mirroring are often incorporated in the therapy. This will help to engage the child and increase cooperation. It is imperative to have the commitment and support of the family as well, which is why home programming is a staple of any successful outcome at Milestone Therapy. This home programming will educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviors, which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and long term functioning.
Interested in learning more about occupational therapy in the clinics? Check out our Highland, IN and Olympia Fields, IL clinic pages.