How could occupational therapy help my child?

Parent Question
Oct. 4, 2022Updated Oct. 4, 2022

OT may help with the following skills:

  • Fine motor skills, which control the movement of our hands and muscles
  • Visual motor skills, which help us coordinate what our eyes see with our hands, legs, and other movements
  • Executive functioning skills, which help us plan, initiate, organize, remember, and connect information
  • Motor planning skills, which help us remember and perform the actions that make movement happen
  • Self-care skills, such as dressing, self-feeding, toileting, and brushing our hair
  • Academic skills, which could include reading, writing, and organization
  • Play skills, which help us plan our play, engage with challenges, and integrate skills from one activity to another
  • Social participation, such as communicating, compromising, engaging in reciprocal interaction with others, and recognizing and following social norms
  • Sensory processing, which helps us accurately process and integrate stimulation in our environment.

For more information, see our article Occupational Therapy 101.

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