There are many misconceptions when it comes to occupational therapy for kids. This mainly comes from people not quite understanding the point of occupational therapy. Children can get, and benefit from, occupational therapy because it helps to enhance their skills and development. This type of therapy is meant to help a child develop to where a normal life becomes possible, plus it is individualized to meet each child’s specific needs.
How Your Child Could Benefit from Getting Occupational Therapy
Many children can benefit from getting occupational therapy. They do not need to be behind on anything to benefit from this type of therapy. However, if your child is behind on any type of development, they will get even greater benefits from customized occupational therapy.
Children do not see occupational therapy as work. Instead, they see occupational therapy as games to play. They get to have fun while mastering new skills. The more games they play, the more of those skills they will master and the further ahead they will get. Occupational therapy covers all types of skills, and allows children to get caught up, and in many instances, move ahead of their peers.
Types of Occupational Therapy
Some occupational therapy is meant to help with common daily tasks. This includes getting dressed, hygiene practices, writing, and processing information. Some occupational therapy is there to help children process their senses. This includes processing what they feel, smell, see, touch, and taste. This is common for children on the Autism spectrum, as their senses are commonly overly sensitive, which can make daily tasks more difficult to handle.
Some occupational therapy is dedicated to children confined to a wheelchair. This allows them to learn how to better function in their wheelchairs, and allows them to learn what their independence limitations may be. Motor skills are a big part of most occupational therapy sessions. This includes both fine motor skills, like using hands to write, and gross motor skills, like learning to kick a ball.
If your child needs help with any of the skills to help them accomplish daily tasks, contact the experienced professionals at Speech & Occupational Therapy of North Texas. We are here to help your child get a better grasp of common daily skills, plus help them adjust to new skills that can make their lives easier and more fulfilling.