Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists (OT) help children participate in the things they want and need to do through therapeutic use of everyday activities. One of the most common interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations.

Is your child developing normally?

A main focus of OT is gross motor and fine motor skills. Gross motor involves the larger muscles in arms, legs, and torso while fine motor mostly refers to control over the small movements of the hands and fingers but it also encompasses the small muscles of the face and mouth (tongue) and feet. All children will develop fine and gross motor tasks at varying ages, however there are general ages of when it is expected that they are acquired by children. Please refer to the chart below to compare your child’s development with the generally expected age.

fine motor development OT

For further information of your child’s development, view the occupational therapy developmental checklist by clicking here.

Do you have any concerns?

If you are concerned about any aspect of your child’s fine motor, sensory, or perceptual development, an evaluation by an occupational therapist may be exactly what your child needs.

When conducting an evaluation, the therapist will gain information from you that will help assess the level of function that your child is currently at. It will also help to create a plan to best address improving your child’s gross motor and fine motor skills. You can schedule an evaluation by calling the Children’s Developmental Center at 440-984-2416.

References

“About Occupational Therapy.” American Occupational Therapy Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 July 2016. <http://www.aota.org/about-occupational-therapy.aspx>.

“Handwriting course.” slidesharecdn.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 July 2016.                                        <http://image.slidesharecdn.com/handwritingcourse16-140814031350-phpapp02/95/ot-for-kids-assessing-and-improving-handwriting-for-occupational-therapists-160814-4-638.jpg?cb=1407986166>.