What Is Occupational Therapy?
“Occupation” refers to the things that people do in their daily lives, such as work, play and self-care.
An occupational therapy program for children ages 0–6 years.
“Occupation” refers to the things people do in their daily lives such as work, play and self-care. For children, these can include:
- Self-care: toileting, bathing, dressing, eating, sleeping, grooming, etc.
- Work: fine motor skills (drawing, craft, pre-writing), staying focused on a task, sitting still, etc.
- Play: using toys, playing games with others, recreational activities, etc.
To help the child to participate fully in daily activities, the occupational therapist may do some of the following:
- Develop the child’s fine motor skills (e.g., scissor skills)
- Change the materials used for a task (e.g., velcro shoes instead of laces)
- Change the way a task is being done (e.g., breaking the task down into smaller steps)
- Suggest changes to the environment (e.g., reducing visual distractions)
The occupational therapist will also educate the family and caregivers on suggestions and tools to help the child.
To refer a child to our therapy program, please fill out the referral form and either fax, email, or drop off at the therapies office. Any person directly connected to the child is able to refer. If the referral source is not the caregiver, then verbal or written consent is needed before submitting.