Helping children achieve independence in all areas of life
Occupational therapists evaluate a child’s motor skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities, drawing comparisons between those skills and what would be considered developmentally appropriate. Occupational therapy (OT) treatment focuses on helping children achieve optimum independence in all areas of life. OT can help children with various special needs improve their cognitive, physical, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem, self care (i.e. feeding), and sense of accomplishment.
In school settings, OT encourages and supports academic success, helping students with special needs reach their highest potential. The focus is on helping students pay attention, concentrate, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and hold objects such as books and pencils. OT is considered a special education service and is a part of a child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).