Occupational therapy is a service that helps people in achieving independence in their daily life activities or “occupations”. For younger children or in early years, therapists use their expertise to help children prepare for and to perform important learning and developmental activities. Occupational Therapy includes muscle strengthening and range of motion of the hands and body, work on bilateral coordination (using two-hands together), motor planning, visual perception skills, and visual motor skills. It also includes direct practice of the task, often with adaptations or modifications of the fine motor and self-care tasks (cutting, writing, tying shoes) that are difficult for the individual child. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the use of these techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
Symptoms which show that your child needs Occupational Therapy
- Weak hands and/or getting tired easily while doing fine motor tasks.
- Difficulty with learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping.
- Hypo or Hypersensitivity or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement.
- Under responsive with decreased reactions to movement, touch, sound, or have unusually low emotional responses.
- Trouble learning how to dress up themselves.
- Difficulty with coordinating the muscles that control their eyes for good vision.