Occupational therapy practitioners work with children and their families/caregivers to promote active engagement and participation with activities of daily living and occupations. Occupation refers to activities that support the health, well-being, and development of an individual (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2014). “For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills (e.g., preschool and school activities), be creative and/or derive enjoyment (e.g., play), and thrive (e.g., self- care and relationships with others) as both a means and an end. Occupational therapy practitioners work with children of all ages and abilities. Recommended interventions are based on a thorough understanding of typical development, the environments in which children engage (e.g., home, school, playground), and the impact of disability, illness, and impairment on the individual child’s development, play, learning, and overall occupational performance” (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2015).
Children who may benefit from occupational therapy may be struggling with poor gross and/or fine motor skills, difficulty with coordination, sensory processing difficulties, emotional/behavioral issues, visual or cognitive impairments, neurological or musculoskeletal impairments, developmental delay, etc.
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