Pediatric occupational therapists deliver skilled therapeutic treatments to infants, toddlers, and school-aged children, and adolescents. Occupational therapists foster skill development so children can reach their optimal performance in daily routines through purposeful activity.
What are common childhood occupations?
- Bathing and Hygiene
Through skilled techniques, the occupational therapist collaborates with the child, their parents, and caregivers to make sure the family’s priorities are at the forefront, and the child is functioning at his or her highest potential. Once barriers are identified, and priorities are determined, the OT creates an intervention plan that promotes growth and development as the child matures.
To achieve this, occupational therapists deliver specific interventions, provide home programming for carryover across environments, teach compensatory techniques, and adapt the environment and/or task, for greater independence.