What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps children participate and engage in specific activities that make up their everyday life (occupations), such as eating, dressing, playing, being a student and manipulating environmental and school-related materials. 

This is done by providing children with a fun, loving, positive and engaging space that:

 

  • Promotes fine motor skill development

  • Strengthens both fine and gross motor muscles

  • Integrates sensory-motor skills

  • Improves writing and use of written communication

  • Development of self-help skills

  • Expands upon skills they already have

  • Helps build independence and confidence

  • Encourages growth and development

 

What do we do?

  • Provide Occupational Therapy services in the child's natural learning environment such as daycares, pre-ks, and school settings as well as in the home virtually.

  • Work alongside and with your child’s "school" program to compliment the teachings as well as further develop individual skills. 

  • Work alongside and with you to improve participation and success in everyday activities

  • Promote intervention and collaboration that leads to increased carryover and generalization of skills to current and future school settings, as well as to daily home life activities.

  • Use a holistic approach to help children learn, grow and develop into their fullest individual potential and beyond. 

 

Why is it important? 

The pre-k and school years are a time of promise, a time when children’s bodies and minds are growing and developing at an incredible rate. This is the time to develop the foundational and refined skills needed to be successful now as well as throughout their school years and beyond. 

Early intervention and generalization of skills are crucial and can reduce the need for specialized support later. Occupational Therapy can help develop those fine motor, sensory-motor, and self-help skills through a fun, positive, and engaging environment that allows them to experience the development of everyday life skills through various activities and movement.