Below is a list of those everyday tasks that children need in order to be successful in their occupations as children:
- Concentrate – (on one thing at a time) to help behave appropriately in different situations
- Learn – not just in school, but with motor skills, social emotional interaction, play and self-care
- Move with Control – with large muscles (gross motor) and/or small muscles (fine motor)
- Develop Independence with Self-Care – dressing, grooming, toileting, etc.
- Regulation – working through all the sensory systems to help children organize the sensory input in order to complete functional tasks such as playing a game, packing their backpack, sequencing events, or expressing difficulties with tasks in an appropriate manner
- Play – both independently and with support of peers
OT sessions may include a wide variety of treatment interventions. At times we may look like we are playing, but our skilled training has us working with your child in a natural and developmental way (play-based) to improve on those functional skills of greatest needs identified through therapy goals. We may be using the following as a part of our treatment session:
- therapy swings (vestibular and proprioception sensory systems)
- therapy balls (postural stability, balance, coordination)
- eye-hand coordination games
- writing (in various positions to promote strength)
- tactile play (various textures to increase sensory systems)
- circles of interaction (engaging child in 2-way play)
- obstacle courses (motor planning – sequencing of steps)
- and so much more!
Our greatest gift to you and your child is working together to identify the areas that are of greatest need. Then implementing a program that supports your child and you in improving behavior/regulation, implementing skill development, and developing strategies to aid across all environments (generalization) that you and your child encounter.