What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists work with children of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, or social impairments. Occupational therapists use the "occupations" of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. To achieve these goals occupational therapists may also adapt the task or the environment.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.

What areas do occupational therapists address?

  • fine motor skills
  • gross motor skills
  • cognitive skills
  • visual perceptual skills
  • visual motor skills
  • handwriting skills
  • self-help skills
  • play skills
  • motor coordination
  • sensory processing abilities
  • feeding