What is Occupational Therapy?
Childhood growth and development is often looked at based on milestones and the ages at which children achieve these “stepping stones”. For some children, the challenging demands of everyday life can hinder their development, and they may reach milestones at ages which are outside of typical ranges, have difficulty achieving the milestones or do not achieve the desired quality of these milestones. The inter-related workings of our central nervous system can have an impact on the development of age appropriate skills and the ability to fully engage with the world around us. Harmonious development of physical, neurological, sensory, cognitive and social-emotional components is essential.
The goal of occupational therapy is to help children achieve this harmonious development to maximize their potential and therefore assist them to develop independence, fulfill their goals and to achieve an optimal quality of life. Using a variety of techniques, approaches and strategies, an occupational therapist can help identify areas of challenge and work with you and your child to develop these areas, as well as identify strengths and teach you and your child strategies to maximize these areas. By doing so, we are helping children to achieve the necessary balance and quality of their inter-related skills and to experience confidence and enjoyment within themselves that then allows them to interact with the people and the environment around them.
At every stage of growth and development there are typical skills and behaviors that are expected to be present in a useful and refined manner to allow us to perform certain functional tasks. Follow the links below to access a developmental checklist for the age range that is appropriate to your child. Check off any areas applicable to your child. If three or more areas are checked, occupational therapy services may be warranted. Contact our office for an intake and to schedule an evaluation to further determine your child’s need for services.
- How do I know if my 0-3 year old child needs occupational therapy services?
- How do I know if my 3-5 year old child needs occupational therapy services?
- How do I know if my 6-15 year old child needs occupational therapy services?