Pediatric Occupational Therapy treatment addresses difficulties with fine motor skills, visual/motor perception, self-care, and executive functioning. Occupational Therapy can help children feel more successful and independent by giving them the skills to manage emotions and interact with others, take care of themselves and build strength for playing.
Our therapists will work with your child and family in a team-based approach to provide support, strategies, and interventions to help the child make sensory and motor skills progress in their everyday activities. Here’s what you can expect:
Occupational Therapy helps children with ADHD by improving their organizational, emotional and physical skills, and ability to be able to do everyday activities better. The goal is to improve a child’s ability to do these everyday tasks such as showering, making their bed, organizing their backpack and more.
Many children who have ASD have difficulty with a variety of skills including sensory processing, executive function, motor planning, fine motor manipulation, attention, self-care skills, and following directions. Our occupational therapists will provide strategies, resources, and specified plans to decrease sensory avoidance, and increase sensory regulation which can help with daily routines, attention, and following directions. We can help with executive function by breaking up tasks/ grading the task, encouraging children to think through situations, emotional regulation, and helping children develop problem solving skills. Fine and visual motor skills can be addressed to help with school tasks and legibility. Occupational Therapy assists with self-care skills including tips for dressing, or toileting, and can increase tolerance for brushing hair or teeth, and bath time. Occupational therapists use a variety of strategies including visual schedules, timers, and round markers to help with transitions and following directions.
To be a pediatric occupational therapist, you need to earn a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy and obtain certification from the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). This will include completing coursework and practicum or fieldwork requirements. And finally–you need to have patience, have some fun and smile. If you’re not having fun, the kiddos aren’t either!