Occupational Therapy (OT) is concerned with a child’s ability to participate in daily life activities or ‘occupations’.
“The occupation of children is to thrive”
Children have many important occupations.
Occupation refers to all the tasks or activities that a person either:
• Wants to do (interests, hobbies, play)
• Has to do (e.g. eat, toilet, dress)
• Is expected to do (reading, writing, academics)
Occupational Therapy aims to help a person achieve success in their life occupations. It focuses on the main occupations of:
• School (e.g. writing, reading, fine motor skills, learning, attention, behaviour)
• Home tasks (e.g. fitting in with family life, homework, getting self ready)
• Play (e.g. imaginative play, social interaction, gross motor skills)
• Self-care ( e.g. bathing, dressing, eating, cutlery use, organising self)
• Work (preparing a person to be able to effectively engage in education/ workplace)
How Occupational Therapy will help
The Occupational Therapist will carefully analyse the sensory, physical, cognitive and behavioural aspects causing the child to have difficulties in his/her life occupations.
Intervention is then targeted at the weak areas to improve the underlying skills. Intervention looks at a combination of: