Monday, August 17, 2015

How Occupational Therapy Helps Children

Parents may notice signs of developmental delays in children as early as the infant stages. During the first one to two years, infants and toddlers should reach normal developmental milestones at certain ages that involve their motor skills, communication skills and cognitive abilities. In some cases, a pediatrician will refer the parent to a specialists to treat the developmental disorder. With early childhood intervention, many children are  better able to engage properly in childhood activities and manage any developmental disabilities.

Benefits of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists engage in various therapeutic techniques to help young children with developmental difficulties adapt to their environments. These techniques include interventions that involve each child’s daily living, including education, parent/child interactions, interactions with other children, feeding, sleeping and creative play activities. The occupational therapist understands what is developmentally appropriate for each age group and can identify a child’s specific disabilities. The occupational therapist can educate parents on ways to respond effectively to their children. They also help children improve their developmental skills and manage appropriately in their environments.

Routine-Based Interventions

Routine-based interventions help children to adapt better to their environments and feel more comfortable engaging in their work and play activities. These routines help children to enjoy positive experiences and respond better to strategies designed to improve their developmental outcomes. Occupational therapists can work with the family and other caregivers of children to integrate daily routines and monitor these activities to help children successfully reach their milestones.