Occupational Therapists focus on achieving functional independence through therapeutic interventions, including activities someone wants, needs and has to do in their daily life. Children gain functional independence through there development and play; however it is not always easy to consider all areas/milestones your child needs to reach.
A Paediatric Occupational Therapist helps to address evaluate and provide support in the development of children.
What can occupational therapy offer Paediatric patients?
Occupational therapy helps and supports children to develop the underlying skills needed for a child’s learning and performing specific tasks, while also focusing on addressing social and behavioural skills.
Occupational Therapy helps children to develop the basic sensory awareness and strategies to regulate themselves in their developmental stage of life, focusing on learning healthy behaviours.
Occupational Therapists ensure to work with the whole family, caregivers, and teachers involved in the child’s daily life; as this has shown to be most evidence based and provides the most effective change.
Occupational Therapist`s work to educate, coach, share, reinforce and provide specific skills and changes to the person, routine, environment and performance of the challenging functional skill.
Occupational Therapy can provide therapy and intervention for the following:
When would a child need Occupational Therapy?
When you feel concerned for your child’s functioning and development it is best to seek support as early as possible. See my previous Blog Post about Early intervention for why this is so important. If you feel your child is not functioning at an age appropriate level in any aspects of their life, an Occupational Therapist can provide strategies, assessment and intervention as required.
If you are concerned about any of the following for your child consider talking to an Occupational Therapist for support in:
If you feel your child needs support in these areas, or you would like to discuss if your child is functioning age appropriately then please contact Connecting Together, mobile 02102915235 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Poroporoaki hoki inaianei,
Melissa Walker-Tate (Occupational Therapist).
Connecting Together Ltd.