Your child’s pediatrician or teacher has recommended that you pursue an occupational therapy evaluation for your child: So, what is an Occupational Therapist?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., (AOTA) Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants support and promote the development and engagement of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and their families or other caregivers, in everyday routines. These routines include play, rest and sleep, activities of daily living, education, and social participation.
Occupational therapy is concerned with a child’s ability to participate in daily life activities or “occupations.” Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants use their unique expertise to help children with and without social–emotional, physical, cognitive, communication, and adaptive behavior challenges prepare for and perform important learning and developmental activities. Occupational therapy practitioners also play a key role in educating parents, caregivers, and other professionals about disability and/or the development of children with diverse health and learning needs.
Occupational therapy practitioners have specific knowledge and expertise to:
- Provide strategies to facilitate full participation of all children in daily routines
- Assess children’s developmental and learning needs
- Plan and implement relevant intervention strategies and developmentally appropriate activities
- Reduce environmental barriers that limit a child’s participation in family, learning, and community-based activities
- Identify needed assistive technology devices and supports; and
- Prepare children and their families for transition to preschool, school, and other community-based programs.
Information courtesy of AOTA
Speech and Occupational Therapy of North Texas has experienced Occupational Therapists at both clinic locations to help your child with fine motor skills, sensory integration deficits as these skills relate to daily routines and activities.