occupational therapy

Woman Tutoring Child

Occupational Therapists (OTs) assess an infant or child’s development with a focus on their “occupations”.

 

For infants and children, this may include:

• Play

• Eating

• Sleeping

• Building Independence in Self-care Activities

• Successfully participating in programs such as childcare or school

 

Occupational Therapists help with working towards meeting an individual child’s developmental goals and milestones.

 

As play is one of the main occupations for any child, we use a fun, play-based approach to assessment and intervention with the child.  We also coach caregivers to feel confident in their abilities to support their child in their own environments.

We can provide Occupational Therapy support in clinic, in the family home, the childcare setting, or school.

  • Areas of focus may include:

    • Fine motor: Examples can include using both hands together, reaching and grasping toys, coordination of small finger movements required for self-help activities, handwriting, holding a pencil and using scissors.

    • Self-help: Examples can include self-feeding, getting dressed, bathing and brushing teeth.

    • Feeding: Examples can include managing textures, transitioning to solids, independently feeding, using utensils, picky eating, positioning, chewing and swallowing.

    • Sensory processing: How we process sensory input in the environment (Example children may be over or under sensitive to input involving sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell and movement)

    • Visual-motor: Coordinating the body’s movements based on what the eyes perceive.

    • Play: Examples can include how to play, developmental stages of play, toy selection and motor skills for play.

    • Cognition: Thinking and planning for what is needed for daily functioning (Example: learning, organization, problem solving, focus and attention)

    • Self-regulation: How we manage our thoughts, emotions, and behaviours.

    • Social skills: How we interact with others.