What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the health service that focuses on the client’s function of everyday activities, or Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). OT helps clients get back to doing what they need and want to do through meaningful activities.
An Occupational Therapist is a caring health care provider who has achieved a bachelor or master’s degree in the field. They are compassionate individuals who look at the client as a whole in order to assist them in developing and achieving goals. Pediatric OTs commonly work together with parents and caregivers, school administrators, teachers, and other therapists, to address a child’s developmental motor milestones and develop daily living skills.
What are the Benefits of Pediatric Occupational Therapy?
The benefits of occupational therapy are vast. Working with clients throughout the lifespan, OTs have the unique ability to provide services using everyday activities and materials. When working with items and tasks that are performed on a daily basis, clients get great carryover of skills and can really relate their therapy to everyday activities. Occupational Therapists are able to break down activities into their smaller components in order to locate and treat the specific area of difficulty. This allows for a holistic approach at an appropriate pace for the client.
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TES’ approach to Occupational Therapy
How do we make therapy fun?
We make therapy fun at TES by engaging clients in play as their main occupation. We allow exploration and learning through the therapy of play.
How do we work as a team?
At TES we work as a team when we collaborate with different disciplines for the betterment of each client.
How do we include the family?
Including the family is so important at TES, so we remain in contact with them regarding progress and strategies in the home, as well as develop goals with the family.
FAQs About Pediatric OT
How do you explain OT to a child?
Explaining OT to a child is fun because you get to say we play games a lot. You explain that we are going to work on skills with toys and games.
What conditions do OTs treat?
OTs treat a myriad of conditions. We typically work with children that have developmental disabilities, autism, TBI, cognitive impairments, motor deficits, ADHD, sensory processing deficits, or physical disabilities.
How many times a week do kids need OT?
That answer is completely reliant on the specific child. An OT will assess a student/client and determine a schedule based on their needs.
What is the difference between OT and PT?
In its simplest form, Physical therapy typically assesses and works with more gross motor movements or large muscle groups. Occupational therapy works more with fine motor movements and smaller muscle groups. OTs are also trained in sensory processing deficits.
How does an occupational therapist help a child?
An occupational therapist helps a child develop self-esteem, confidence, and skills to engage in their environment. They help children live an active and full childhood.
What is occupational therapy for kids?
Occupational therapy for children is developing basic skills for a child to participate in their lives and environment fully.
Why would a child need occupational therapy?
A child may need occupational therapy if they are not able to perform daily living tasks, or they have difficulties in school due to fine motor, coordination, sensory, or visual motor deficits.
Our Therapists' Credentials
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy: MS, OTR/L