What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy helps clients develop skills used in everyday life, including: motor skills, social skills, daily living skills, academic skills, and vocational skills. There are many children who need additional help in order to complete their daily activities. Most occupational therapist’s work not only on the skills needed to complete these daily tasks, but also offer children with shortcuts and strategies to make it easier for them to be able to do them. In the end, all occupational therapists have the same goal, having the child independently complete tasks other children their age can already do.
What does an occupational therapist do?
From the moment you wake up, you are completing “occupations”. Occupations are daily tasks and activities most people do without even thinking about it. These include, getting dressed, eating, walking, talking to an unknown person, controlling yourself when you are excited or upset, and anything else in between. As children we learn how to do these occupations on a daily basis. However some children struggle with a certain skill needed to complete them. An occupational therapist, not only identifies exactly what the child struggles with but then breaks down the occupation in order to teach the child how to complete the task as easily as anyone else. There are many skills, required to complete even the most simplest activities, below you will find links to each individual area that occupational therapists focus on.