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Occupational Therapy:

A treatment that focuses on helping people of all ages acheive independence in certain areas of their lives. OT can provide positive, fun activities to improve cognitive, physical and motor skills, and enhance self-esteem as well as providing a sense of accomplishment.

A child's main job is playing and learning. An Occupational therapist can evaluate a child's skills for play activities, school performance, sensory processing and activities of daily living and compare them to what is developmentally appropriate for a certain age group.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), in addition to dealing with an individual's physical well-being, occupational therapy practitioners address psychological, social and environmental factors that may hinder and individual's functioning in different ways. This unique approach makes occupational therapy a vital part of health care for some children.

Occupational therapists specializing in pediatrics address the following:
• Hand-eye coordination to improve play skills, such as hitting a target and batting a ball
• Visual perception skills such as copying from a blackboard, reading and finding objects in a busy environment
• Help children with severe developmental delays, learn basic tasks such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth and feeding themselves
• Help kids with behavioral disorders learn anger-management techniques and positive social skills
• Develop, implement, educate and modify sensory integration strategies
• Teach children with physical disabilities the coordination skills required to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting
• Evaluate each child's needs for specialized equipment, such as wheelchars, splints, bathing seats or dressing devices
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