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June 19, 2023

What is Occupational Therapy for Young Children?

Occupational therapy is a type of therapy that helps children develop the skills they need to perform daily activities and reach their full potential.

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Jen Wirt

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Occupational therapy is a type of therapy that helps children develop the skills they need to perform daily activities and reach their full potential. Occupational therapy can help children with a wide range of physical, cognitive, and developmental challenges, including difficulties with fine motor skills, sensory processing, and self-care tasks.

Here are some signs that may indicate that your child needs occupational therapy:
  1. Difficulty with fine motor skills: Children who have trouble with tasks that require fine motor skills, such as writing, using utensils, buttoning clothes, or manipulating small objects, may need occupational therapy.
  2. Sensory processing issues: Children who have trouble processing sensory information, such as sensitivity to light, sound, touch, or texture, may need occupational therapy.
  3. Self-care difficulties: Children who have trouble with self-care tasks, such as bathing, dressing, or grooming, may need occupational therapy.
  4. Coordination and balance issues: Children who have difficulty with coordination and balance, or struggle with gross motor skills, may need occupational therapy.
  5. Attention and focus difficulties: Children who have trouble paying attention, or struggle with focus and organization, may need occupational therapy.
  6. Difficulties with daily activities: Children who have trouble with daily activities, such as getting dressed, feeding themselves, or playing with toys, may need occupational therapy.
  7. Behavioral or emotional difficulties: Children who exhibit behavioral or emotional difficulties, such as aggression, impulsiveness, or anxiety, may benefit from occupational therapy.
  8. Developmental delays: Children who are behind in their developmental milestones, such as crawling, walking, or using utensils, may need occupational therapy.

It's important to keep in mind that these signs may not necessarily mean that your child needs occupational therapy. However, if you notice any of these signs in your child, it may be a good idea to have them evaluated by an occupational therapist. The earlier your child receives help, the more likely they are to make significant progress in their development.

Occupational therapy can help children build the skills they need to participate in daily activities and reach their full potential. With the right support and resources, children can develop the confidence and independence they need to succeed in their daily lives.

Find a local occupational therapist and schedule an evaluation now.

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