What is occupational therapy?
People often misunderstand the meaning of occupational therapy… “so you help people get back to work?” Add on pediatrics and it’s another layer of confusion.
This crucial therapy stems from the definition of the word, “occupation,” which is “an activity in which one engages.” So, what is a child’s occupation? Learning and play, which provide the building blocks for a lifetime.
Our developmental pediatric occupational therapy is different than that of the adult population, where someone may have lost a skill or had difficulty functioning in something he or she once did. At our centers,* these kids are delayed in milestones for whatever reason, whether it be genetic, neural, etc. It is our job to customize a plan that teaches them those skills from the beginning to set them up for success in preschool, elementary school and maybe even college or their own jobs one day.
Ongoing training ensures our therapists use the most current treatments to address fine motor skills, perceptual and cognitive skills, handwriting, self-care skills, feeding, social skills and sensory processing.
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