The word, "Occupation," means, "that which occupies most of one's time," or, "the activities done for the majority of one's day that give one's life meaning. "The occupation of a child is his or her play and activities of daily living; the acquisition of both being necessary to help a child to develop the skills necessary to live an independent and fulfilling life as an adult.
Our Pediatric Occupational Therapists facilitate the acquisition of self-help, play, and learning skills for infants and children by improving their motor, sensory, behavioral and cognitive skills. Pediatric Occupational Therapy helps children who:
- Have trouble with the performance of self-care activities including: brushing teeth, combing hair, buttoning a shirt, tying shoes, using utensils such as a spoon or fork, etc.
- Have difficulty with fine motor activities such as handwriting or using scissors.
- Have difficulty with oral motor skills such as sucking from a bottle, chewing food, or using the tongue to move food to the back of the mouth to swallow it.
- Have trouble initiating or completing tasks such as doing a puzzle or finishing home work.
- Experience problems in school with visual motor or visual perceptual activities such as copying from the board or completing assignments accurately.
- Exhibit an aversion to sensory input demonstrated by not wanting to participate in messy activities, not wanting to be hugged or touched, becoming very upset by loud noises, etc.
- Have difficulty with cognitive tasks such as following instructions, problem solving and organization.
- Have difficulty in social situations including interacting and playing appropriately with other children.