Occupational Therapy is a health profession focused on maximizing an individual’s ability to function in his/her daily life. An Occupational Therapist addresses difficulties arising from cognitive impairment, physical injury, psychosocial dysfunction, developmental or learning disabilities. Many people associate the word occupation with “work”. Therefore, it is usually surprising to hear that Occupational Therapists often treat children. A child’s “work” is comprised of play, self-care skills, learning, school performance and social interactions. Most of these skills fall within the following areas:

  • Fine motor skills (ex: stringing beads, grasp on a crayon/eating utensils, manipulation of clothing fasteners)
  • Visual motor skills (ex: tracing lines, completing puzzles, imitating shapes via drawing, copying block designs)
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Self help skills (grooming and dressing)
  • Handwriting (grapho-motor skills)
  • Environmental adaptations (organizing and adapting home/classroom to meet each child’s specific needs)
  • Play and socialization
  • Neuromuscular development (muscle strength and endurance)

As therapists, we tap into a child’s interests to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at improving areas of weakness. We specialize in creating opportunities for children to master developmental tasks and achieve independence in home, school and within their communities. Therapy sessions look like “play”, which is exactly what the children who are participating think they are doing. Occupational Therapists are trained extensively in psychology, human physiology and development. Therapists often continue training beyond college to become certified in specific areas of treatment including, but not limited to, Sensory Integration (SIPT certified), Handwriting and Listening Therapy.