Monday, August 24, 2015

How Pediatric Occupational Therapy Helps a Child

Many people believe that occupational therapy is just for adults. After all, kids do not have occupations, so why in the world would they need occupational therapy? That is far from the truth, though. Pediatric occupational therapy has many benefits, especially for a child who is in the early stages of learning and movement.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy focuses on helping people improve their physical, sensory and cognitive abilities in order to become independent in all areas of their life. They also address any psychological, social and environmental factors that affect the way a person functions in his day-to-day life.

What type of symptoms do they treat?

Children with the following conditions might benefit from a consultation with an occupational therapist:

Birth injuries or birth defects
Sensory processing disorders
Traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
Broken bones
Post-Surgical Conditions
Cerebral Palsy

How May Occupational Therapy Help?

Occupational therapists may evaluate a child’s need based on his injury and may work with him to improve skills that are necessary to function in his everyday life. For example, an occupational therapist may help a child with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks and help kids with behavioral disorders maintain positive habits. They also help with body awareness in pediatric patients, as well as gross motor skills and motor planning. If you notice poor coordination or decreased balance  you may want to consult an occupational therapist.