WHAT IS O.T?
O.T. refers to Occupational Therapy or Occupational Therapist.
- Occupation can be any activity with a specific goal and purpose. As adults we often think of occupation as work but for children work is play, work is school/ academics, work is leisure/recreation, and work is self-care.
- Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of work, through play, academics/ school, self-care, and recreational activities to increase independent function, enhance development, and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.
- Occupational Therapy can help children of all ages prevent, lessen, and overcome disabiling conditions or challenges that may be impacting success with life skills.
- An Occupational Therapist is a licensed practitioner of occupational therapy services. A pediatric occupational therapist specializes in working with children.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS WORK ON:
- Self-care skills (feeding, dressing, grooming/hygeine)
- Fine motor skills (hand skills)
- Perceptual/ visual motor skills
- Vision skills
- Motor skills (strengthening, balance, coordination, motor planning)
- Sensory processing/ sensory integration skills
- Motor Planning/ Praxis
- Leisure/ Recreational activities
- Social skills
- Play skills
- Learning Readiness/ Academics
- Attention and focus
- Activity Level (too high or too low)
- Auditory Processing
Occupational therapists teach independence and mastery of many essential developmental life skills. Mastery leads to self-confidence and self-esteem.