What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?
Article written by Sarah Alter, OT.
Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to thrive in their daily lives. Pediatric occupational therapists work with children who have challenges that impact their ability to participate in daily activities, such as playing, eating, dressing, and learning.
Occupational therapy for children is unique because it takes a holistic approach to the child’s development, addressing their physical, emotional, social, and sensory processing needs. This approach allows occupational therapists to provide a wide range of interventions in various practice settings, such as schools, clinics, early intervention, and hospitals. Some interventions may focus on improving the child’s fine motor skills, while others may address sensory processing, feeding difficulties, or handwriting concerns.
Occupational therapists often use play as a way to help children develop the skills they need. Play is a natural way for children to learn, and it can be a powerful tool for building skills like coordination, problem-solving, and emotional regulation. By using play-based activities, occupational therapists can help children develop the skills they need to participate in daily activities in a fun and engaging way.
Additionally, occupational therapists work closely with parents, caregivers, and teachers to provide support and education on how to promote the child’s development in their daily routines and activities. This comprehensive approach helps children achieve success in their daily lives and reach their full potential.
Overall, pediatric occupational therapy is about helping children achieve their full potential. Whether a child is struggling with a specific challenge, like a sensory processing disorder, or needs support in developing everyday skills, occupational therapy can make a significant difference in a child’s life.
Leaps and Bounds Therapy is a pediatric occupational therapy, pediatric physical therapy, and speech therapy practice serving Chicago and the North suburbs. Contact us today to speak to a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, or to schedule a consultation for your child.