Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy for children is a type of therapy that helps children develop the skills they need to perform everyday activities. Occupational therapists work with children of all ages, from infants to teens. They use a variety of techniques, including play, to help children develop the skills they need.
Occupational therapy can help children with a wide range of issues, including developmental delays, physical disabilities, and mental health conditions. Occupational therapy can also help children learn new skills, such as how to dress themselves or how to use utensils. We specifically work with children on:
- Activities of daily living
- Upper body strengthening
- Fine motor control
- Visual training
- Sensory integration
- Play / social skills
- SOS feeding approach
How Can Occupational Therapy Help Children with Specific Issues?
Many children have difficulties with motor skills, sensory processing, or mental health. These difficulties can make it hard for them to succeed in school and in social situations. Occupational therapy can help children with these issues by teaching them the skills they need to function in their everyday lives.
For example, occupational therapists can teach children how to better regulate their emotions, how to hold a pencil correctly, or how to navigate a classroom.
In addition, occupational therapy can help to improve a child's self-esteem by helping them to see their strengths and capabilities. As a result, occupational therapy can be an invaluable resource for children with specific issues.
What Are the Benefits for Children?
There are many benefits of occupational therapy for children. It can help them develop the skills they need for everyday life, such as:
It can also help them build:
Occupational therapy can also help children improve their social skills and emotional regulation. It can also be a valuable source of support for families who are dealing with a child’s challenges. If you think your child might benefit from occupational therapy, talk to one of our experienced providers.
What to Expect From the First Few Sessions
Parents often ask what the first few occupational therapy sessions will be like for their child. Here's what you can expect:
- We will ask questions about your child's development, medical history, and current symptoms. This information will help the therapist understand your child's needs and develop a treatment plan.
- The therapist will observe your child in action. The therapist may watch your child play, eat, or perform other activities. This will help the therapist identify areas of difficulty and potential goals for treatment.
- After observing your child, the therapist will work with you to develop specific goals for treatment. These goals may target skills such as fine motor coordination, self-care skills, or social skills.
- The therapist will then create a treatment plan to help your child reach these goals. Treatment may involve activities, exercises, games, and/or equipment. The therapist will also provide guidance on how you can support your child's progress at home.
- The first few occupational therapy sessions are an important time for assessing your child's needs and developing a plan to help them reach their fullest potential. By working closely with the therapist, you can ensure that your child gets the most out of therapy.
By the end of the initial evaluation process, you should have a good idea of what therapy will entail and how it can help your child reach their full potential. H2 Health is here to answer any questions you may have along the way - give us a call at (800) 699-9395. Find our nearest location to get the services you need.