Occupational therapists (OTs) focus their treatments on providing children who have difficulties with cognitive functions, movement, and coordination with the tools they need to grow into their highest level of independence. They analyze and treat their patients’ restrictions and help them develop interaction/communication skills, refine motor skills, and educate on self-care abilities (especially for older children).
If a patient is too young to understand verbal instructions, OTs often incorporate games into the therapy sessions. This helps to engage their interest and cooperation.
OT Focus Areas & Common Treatments
OTs Focus on Improving
- Fine motor skills
- Hand-eye coordination
- Sensory processing
- Activities of daily living (i.e. bathing, dressing, toileting, and feeding)
- Auditory processing integration
- Activities of daily living (ADL) training
- Development of fine motor skills
- Developmental play therapy
- Feeding therapy
- Handwriting development
- Kinesio taping
- Neuro-development treatment