Occupational Therapy is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation. The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. (WFOT 2012)
When working with children and their families, OTs aim to promote independence, skill development and participation in daily activities that are important to the child and family network.
This may include play skills; self-care skills (sleep, dressing, eating, toileting); participation in school; attention for learning; handwriting; environmental access; social and emotional well-being; motor skill development; and adaptive/assistive equipment prescription.
- Childhood developmental milestones
- Feeding difficulties (0-2 years)
- Play development
- Daily living skill building (toileting, dressing, sleeping, eating)
- Processing sensory input
Social Emotional Development
- School readiness skills (drawing and cutting)
- Motor skill development (fine and gross motor skills)
- Handwriting development
- Attention and concentration
- Home modifications and considerations
- Equipment prescription and recommendations (e.g. wheelchairs)
- Yoga inspired therapeutic interventions
Speech pathologists diagnose and treat communication and feeding disorders. Communication problems might include difficulties with such things as talking, understanding, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering or voice. Speech Pathologists will perform assessments and provide therapy for children who show delays in any aspect of communication in order to help them participate with their family, friends and in the community.
Babies and children who have feeding difficulties may also be helped by a Speech Pathologist. They help diagnose tongue tie, and provide exercises to ensure good tongue movement after surgery. They are able to help infants who are having trouble breast or bottle feeding for a range of reasons, and infants who are having difficulty transitioning to solids.
- Late talkers
- Expressive and receptive language disorders
- Speech sound disorders
- Social skill difficulties
- Reading and writing disorders
- Tongue tie
- Feeding difficulties
- Assessment and training of Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices