What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations).  Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on helping children develop skills needed to engage in their occupations such as play, education and social participation. 

Fine Motor
Fine Motor

Finger strength and dexterity for essential activities such as writing, buttoning or using utensils to eat.

Gross Motor
Gross Motor

Using our whole bodies, especially core stability muscles to accomplish crucial functions such as walking, jumping, sitting with good posture or dressing.

Visual-Motor
Visual-Motor

Integrating eyes and hands for fine and gross motor skills.

Oral Motor
Oral Motor

Coordinating lips, cheeks, tongue and jaw for meal time using sensory tools

Sensory Integration
Sensory Integration

Incorporating touch, vision, auditory, smell, taste, awareness of body and coordinating body for balance for optimal arousal

Self-Care
Self-Care

Personal activities that aim to take care of mental, emotional or hygienic health such as: dressing, toothbrushing, don/doff shoes or eating.

Attention and Organization
Attention and Organization

Ability to sustain attention while keeping emotions and body organized and regulated to participate in essential activities such as meal times, school and social interactions.

Praxis
Praxis

Ability to have an idea, plan and execute physical tasks by sequencing the movement desired, coordinating all parts of the body as well as using both sides of the body.

Executive Function
Executive Function

Being able to organize, emotionally regulate self and body in order to problem solve, plan, make decisions and recall things such as words, shapes and letters.