Occupational Therapists are trained to assist people of all ages to perform functional daily tasks. Depending on the clients age, it could be vocational skills, social skills, physical gross and fine motor skills, or just interactive play skills. In addition, it is important to look at missing foundational skills that are underlying delays whether they be physical, sensory or behavioral. An occupational therapist can complete performance testing that helps to discover the underlying problems that need intervention. Your child may need occupational therapy if they have any of the following:
Oral-Motor/Eating Skill Delays
Sensory Processing Issues
Fine-Motor /Gross-Motor Delays
Visual-Motor/Visual Perceptual Delays
Social Response Delays
A variety of work and play activities are used to teach skills. Occupational therapists are trained in task analysis and this enables them to look at components of tasks/toys and determine appropriate items and activities that will improve the student’s skills. In addition, parent training and involvement is imperative for best success in the treatment process.