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What Is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric Therapy is any medical treatment designed to help treat conditions in children. Specifically, Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) provide therapy for children struggling with sensory issues, attention and fine motor skills, among other challenges.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy utilizes motor control strategies, sensory integration and therapeutic exercises to assist children. Your child’s OT can provide cognitive and perceptual therapy, splinting, and hand and upper extremity therapy if your child has difficulty with visual motor skills and visual perception.

When Might a Child Benefit From Occupational Therapy?

Children and adolescents of all ages may benefit from occupational therapy if they struggle with developmental delays, congenital or physical disabilities, behavioral issues, social skills, daily activities or other difficulties.

OTs serve children with a wide range of diagnoses, such as:

  • Developmental delays and disorders.
  • Social skills dysfunction.
  • Down syndrome.
  • Autism spectrum disorder.
  • Spina bifida.
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Where to Find an Occupational Therapist

Most occupational therapists work in occupational therapy practices or hospitals, while others work in nursing homes, home health services, physicians’ offices and schools.

School occupational therapists support non-academic and academic outcomes, including transportation, prevocational and vocational participation, self-help skills, sports, recess, behavior management, reading and writing, math and social skills.

If you’re looking for Pediatric Occupational Therapy services for your child, trust the practitioners at Kids SPOT. We offer comprehensive pediatric therapies, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, in-home applied behavior analysis (ABA) and speech therapy, for over 15 years. Our team of experts serves children from birth to 21 years old who are affected by injury, congenital, developmental or physical disabilities.

Our team of pediatric specialists is committed to meeting the personal demands and health requirements of our pediatric patients and their families with individualized care plans. You can count on us for community, clinic or in-house options to assist in child development.

Our clinic has private, comfortable treatment rooms to encourage children to explore, learn, grow and develop positive self-esteem.

Benefits of OT

Occupational therapy can improve a child’s ability to self-regulate their attention, engage in age-appropriate play, develop fine motor coordination and enhance daily living skills such as grooming, dressing, feeding and communicating.

Other benefits of Pediatric Occupational Therapy can include:

  • Improving executive functioning skills
  • Promoting independence in activities of daily living
  • Increasing overall stability and strength
  • Working on visual motor/visual perceptual skills
  • Honing gross motor skills
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Helping with the use of assistive technology
  • Addressing sensory processing difficulties
  • Enhancing play and social skills
  • Providing teacher and caregiver education

Contact Kids SPOT for Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services Today

Pediatric Occupational Therapy services may have a significant impact on helping your child reach their full potential.

If you’d like to start pediatric occupational therapy for your child, please visit our location page to find a location near you — our team of pediatric OTs is always ready to meet with you to answer any questions you may have. You may also request an appointment or reach out online to learn more.