How Occupational Therapy can help a child

13 Dec, 2021

All your child’s agemates are hitting certain milestones and participating in activities effortlessly while your child seems to fall behind. Understandably, this can be concerning to any parent.

However, there’s really no need to worry as your child can be guided to overcome limitations and enjoy participating in meaningful everyday activities through occupational therapy. Still not convinced? Then this article will help you to better understand how. Below we discuss occupational therapy and share examples of how it can help your child develop into an independent individual.

Occupational Therapy Child

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a holistic client-centred profession that aims to enhance meaningful participation and independence in everyday activities.

Occupational Therapy impacts kids with skills to make them as independent as possible as they perform day-to-day tasks.

Here’s how occupational therapy can help a child:

1. Self-care skills

Occupational therapists help children acquire self-care skills, helping them develop into independent and self-reliant individuals.

An excellent example of creating independence in children is teaching them how to use a fork, lace their shoes, do buttons and zippers.

2. School readiness

When joining kindergarten, every child should have mastered tabletop skills to accomplish school work like drawing, writing, task completion, and other classroom behaviour. Unfortunately, the inability to perform these tasks can affect how the child learns and negatively impact their self-esteem.

OTs can help improve a wide range of skills such as letter formation, pencil grip, and reversals. Occupational therapy can also help improve a child’s visual, gross, and fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and perceptual skills needed for writing. This, in turn, helps boost their confidence and aids learning.

3. Play skills

Playing is essential in developing children’s interactive, social, motor, and cognitive skills. Conversely, the inability to engage in play can negatively affect all these areas.

Occupational therapy can help your child gain hand-eye coordination and strength to aid play. They can also learn fine motor skills like jumping, sitting, throwing balls, and mental activities like socialising, imagining, and communicating.

4. Discipline and self-regulation

A wide range of conditions like autism and cerebral palsy cause developmental delay and affect normal functioning. However, occupational therapists can work with such children to improve their sensory processing and address any regulation sensitivities.

In addition, children who struggle with sound can enhance their ability to process audio input and increase tolerance through occupational therapy.

While occupational therapy doesn’t cure developmental delays, it can help improve children’s motor skills and equip them with play, self-care, school readiness, social and perceptual skills to increase their independence and positively impact their self-confidence.

Talk to Occupational Therapists at Gen Physio

At Gen Physio, we believe that each child is unique, and that’s why we offer personalised care and solutions. Our occupational therapist will work closely with your child and do everything in their power to help them overcome their limitations and maximise their independence. So call us on 1300 122 884 today to book an appointment.

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