Basic Facts on Occupational Therapy for Children

Occupational therapy (OT) in Pasadena aims to help people with cognitive, sensory, or physical disabilities, so they may live as independently as possible. Children may not have jobs, but their occupation includes playing and learning, and pediatric OT may help them improve their physical, sensory, cognitive, and motor skills to enhance their sense of accomplishment and self-esteem. 

Some of the skills that an occupational therapist assesses in children are:

• Attention span
• Processing and sensory skills
• Gross and fine motor skills
• Performance of activities of daily living such as toilet training and teeth brushing
• Visual-perceptual skills
• Handwriting

When to Call an Occupational Therapist

When children appear to be delayed in developing the basic skills that children their age are typically expected to master, especially in the first three years of life, the first person usually called to look into the situation is an occupational therapist. When a child appears to be delayed in mastering certain skills or displays unusual behavior, and the parents take the child to their personal pediatrician, the doctor may call an occupational therapist.

Where the Therapy Takes Place

A therapist may work with a child in the child’s own home or in a clinic setting. If the child is attending a pre-school, the therapist may observe the child in this setting.

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