Cognitive, physical, and linguistic impediments can occur in children with complex needs or developmental delays—but such issues can be effectively addressed with pediatric occupational and speech therapy programs. These type of therapies make it possible for children to enhance their relationship-fostering abilities and improve their daily lives.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapy or OT for children aims to promote independence in most, if not all, areas of a child’s daily life, which includes playing, getting dressed, eating, and interacting with others. By enhancing a child’s cognitive, sensory, and motor skills through proven OT activities and exercises, he or she could function as normally as possible and have good self-esteem.
If done properly, speech therapy may help in a wide variety of ways. A child may be able to articulate words well, communicate in both verbal and non-verbal means (as well as comprehend both in return), initiate interaction without being prompted, know the appropriate situation to communicate something, and enjoy communicating as a whole.
Deeper areas of focus include articulation skills (the physical ability to move the tongue, lips, jaw, and palate to produce correct sounds), expressive language skills (the symbolic, often non-verbal area of language), and speech fluency (elimination of stuttering). Voice and resonance can also be tackled when needed.
Always keep in mind that occupational and speech therapies are best administered as early as possible, when there is potential for the greatest impact.