What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
By Cheryl Fox, M.O.T., OTR/L
OT is a health-related profession. It is the art and science of developing and guiding meaningful and purposeful activities necessary in the restoring and enhancing of function and independence in ALL areas of daily life. Pediatric OTs aim to assist children in attaining their maximum potential through the use of meaningful & purposeful activities (for children): PLAY PLAY PLAY!
OT addresses the following areas of concern:
Fine/Visual Motor Coordination: handwriting, scissor skills, puzzles
Gross Motor Coordination: jumping, throwing/catching, climbing
Socialization/Peer Interaction: sharing, turn taking
Daily living Skills: dressing, grooming, self-feeding
Sensory Processing: The way the body receives, interprets & responds to sensory information including: vision, sound, smell, taste, touch, vestibular (movement), and proprioception (body awareness) this can be seen as:
- Sensitive to textures or sounds
- Always on the go, climbing, jumping, crashing
- Easily distracted
- Appearing to be “clumsy”
- Suggestion for the month: go to the playground with your child, stack blocks, allow them to try to feed/bathe/dress themselves if they appear to help Ayou. Most of all! Have fun playing again also.