What is Occupational Therapy/OT?
The main goal of (pediatric) OT is to support participation in the day-to-day life skills, activities, and experiences that are most important to your child (and your family).
Occupational Therapy (OT) is inspired by what brings your child joy, confidence, and pride.
What can we work on in OT?
Any “everyday” activity, skill, or experience that is important to your child and family can be considered as a goal. Here are some common examples (click on each heading for examples):
- Participation in daily routines (personal, family, school routines)
- Academics (i.e. reading, writing, use of technology)
- Organization and planning
- Task completion
- Food preparation/cooking
- Self-advocacy skills
- Job or volunteer-specific skills
- Co-regulation: Exploring ways to assist your child to regulate their energy levels or emotions.
- Self-Regulation: Working with your child to build their ability to regulate their own energy levels and emotions.
How do we work toward goals?
Through observation, play, discussion with the child & caregivers, and (sometimes) formal assessment, the occupational therapist gains some possible insight to where the breakdown is happening. We want to explore: what may be standing in the way of your child feeling confident and proud? Why is this (activity) so stressful for your child/family?
Next, we work together to find creative solutions to meet the goal. There are 3 ways we might do this (and often we do them all):