What is Occupational Therapy?

If you've been referred for an occupational therapy evaluation by your pediatrician, congradulations!

An evaluation by an OT can help you to rule out OR discover problems that deal with sensory or cognitive disabilities or delays. Our therapist refers to them as wiring issues.

You may discover why…

Your child seems to have no safety awareness

Covers their ears all of the time

Appears to have strict rules about foods and textures

Falls all of the time

Can’t seem to focus

In a nutshell…

It is an excellent treatment option

An occupational therapist is a person who has been trained to evaluate children who have a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. In many instances, they are supporting a known diagnosis such as autism, mental handicaps, or gross motor delays.

However…

If you have a child that is floating around on the edges of a diagnosis, an OT could determine if there is a cognitive or sensory basis for them.

That could be your missing piece…

A common diagnosis would be Sensory Integration Disorder or Sensory Processing Disorder .

If it is, they can pinpoint exactly which systems are affected, how, and what you can do to fix them!

Help for Kids

Watching an OT in action is fascinating! Since children’s main job is to play and to learn, occupational therapy for children often includes fun, educational activities. Think of it as play with a purpose.

While the activities mimic the play, they are teaching valuable skills and actually rewiring the brain to function more efficiently.

During a session, you might see your child playing with clay, creating an obstacle course, running down the halls on a rolling contraption, and eating food!

That padded room where they get to play and fall? It’s actually a safe, padded place to learn about the value to motor planning and safety awareness.

Help for Parents

In addition to working with children, occupational therapy will provide coaching and support to parents. They will teach you to how to use

sensory diet

massage

brushing protocol

adaptive equipment

When we attended OT, our therapist was our weekly lifeline! We could talk to her about seemingly odd things that happened, and she could pinpoint exactly WHY they happened and provide solutions or modifications to help our daughter better manage her environment.

Amazing!!

A physical therapist will help you learn how to make your body work. An occupational therapist will help you learn how to make your mind work!