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What does an occupational therapist do when working with children?
  • Published on Monday March 19th, 2018

What does an occupational therapist do when working with children?

The goal of an occupational therapist who works with children is to enable them to be able to participate and function in their daily activities such as school, daycare, play and leisure.

 

Before treatment sessions can begin, an evaluation of the child’s needs, abilities and limitations are necessary. Depending on the age of the child, the length of the evaluation process can vary. In addition, not all children are the same or have the same capabilities, which can also have an impact on the length of the evaluation process.

 

What does an occupational therapist evaluate?

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Activities of daily living (eating, bathing, dressing, self-care, etc…)
  • Handwriting
  • Perception of environment using senses (sensory integration)
  • Visual motor and visual perception
  • Play skills
  • Social skills
  • Skills necessary for school
  • How a child can adapt to difficult and unexpected situations (emotional regulation)

 

Once the evaluation process is complete, the occupational therapist will be able to create a treatment plan and prepare recommendations for home, daycare and school. Every treatment plan is individualized for each child, their environment, their needs, capabilities and limitations.



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