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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Life is made up of meaningful everyday activities or occupations, such as walking the dog, gardening, preparing a meal, doing the laundry and playing games. Occupations are part of life and help bring meaning to life.

Occupational Therapy is a regulated health profession that enables people of all ages and abilities to be functional in their everyday lives.

Occupation is essential for human health.  It is comprised of three areas:

  • Self-care: these activities are performed for the purpose of maintaining one’s self such as showering, dressing and eating
  • Productivity: these activities fill the bulk of one’s day such as employment, or being a student
  • Leisure: these activities are one’s personal preferences and interests such as soccer, gardening or playing outside

How can Pediatric Occupational Therapy help?

An occupational therapist (OT) works with the child, caregiver and/or teacher to identify and address areas of difficulties the child may experience with everyday activities.  The OT can then complete the following:

  • Teach new ways to accomplish tasks
  • Help with developing new skills
  • Suggest environmental adaptations to the home or classroom
  • Provide effective strategies for accommodation of task(s)
  • Recommend products that can help make everyday tasks easier
  • Provide support in funding of required equipment and devices
  • Educate caregiver(s) and teacher(s)

Children have a variety of daily occupations that we can help with at FUNctional Therapy including:

  • School Readiness skills such as pre-printing, pre-scissor, colouring, drawing, letter and number recognition, letter and number formations and pencil grasp
  • Fine motor skills such as scissor skills, typing skills, grasping objects, buttoning, zippering, and lacing.
  • Handwriting skills such as letter formations and organization of print onto lined paper (i.e. spacing, letter sizing, baseline adherence)
  • Gross motor skills such as  bilateral coordination, balance, core and upper body strength
  • Sensory processing and self-regulation skills within the home or school environment(s)

What to expect from your FUNctional OT

Initial Assessment

To better understand how to help your child, the OT needs to complete an assessment to identify the child’s strengths and weaknesses.  This includes both standardized and non-standardized tests, consultations and observations.

Report

A written report capturing detailed information about the initial assessment including results, summaries and recommendations are available upon request.

Treatment Plan

Based on assessment results and collaboration with the caregiver, a treatment plan will be developed to include the following services:

  • 1×1 direct therapy sessions with the OT
  • consultative sessions to further educate caregiver(s) or teacher(s) on how to enable success in their child’s occupation(s)
  • group therapy sessions