What exactly is Occupational Therapy for Children?
Occupational Therapy is a health profession that understands the abilities of an individual, in order for them to engage in meaningful daily activities (or “occupations”). These may include work, self-care, social events, hobbies or play.
A Paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) works specifically with children and adolescents, to support their capacity to learn and play.
An OT working with children will support foundation skills including:
By supporting these foundation skills, a child can optimally engage in daily occupations related to learning and play. Specifically, a child’s “occupations” include:
OT’s work with children directly, as well as their careers, educators and additional support people around the child. This holistic approach ensures skills learned in OT sessions can be transferred across different environments and situations.
Given children’s interest in play, OT’s incorporate play, toys and child-friendly equipment into sessions to make therapy as engaging and meaningful for the child as possible.