Occupational Therapy for Children
The goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to develop all the necessary skills for lifelong learning and to support children to be productive, independent members of their community.
Pediatric Occupational Therapists are trained to guide and assist children with the acquisition or improved performance all of their daily occupations. The child’s primary occupation is directly related to age. These occupations or daily tasks for a child include self care, play and learning.
The skills necessary for successful, age appropriate functioning in these occupations include, but are not limited to:
- Fine Motor and Gross Motor Coordination
- Sensory Processing / Sensory Integration
- Visual Perceptual and Visual Motor Skills
- Attention (Social & Emotional)
- Daily Living Skills such as feeding, dressing and hygiene.
Pediatric Occupational Therapists typically use play as a method of achieving therapy goals. Play is highly motivating and meaningful for children. It provides a mechanism for carryover of skills as the child will use the skill again when interacting with other children. The therapy room and sensory equipment at InterPLay is designed to mirror playful activities for the child. In reality, the therapists are drawing upon their training and skills to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing greater capabilities and skill levels.
Education and involvement of the family in treatment is critical to achieving success.
Our pediatric occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention and consultation in the following areas:
- Fine Motor/Handwriting Skills
- Learning and school performance
- Sensory Integration / Sensory Processing
- Play & Socialization
- Organizing and Planning their Motor Skills
- Oral Motor Functioning / Feeding
- Self-Help & Hygiene
- Environmental Adaptations for Home and School Settings
InterPlay’s treatment facility provides the most comprehensive and innovative equipment of its kind in South Florida. The facility is designed to provide sensory experiences that mirror playful activities to the child, yet our therapists actually draw upon extensive training to provide challenging therapeutic activities aimed at developing greater capabilities and skill levels.
Occupational Therapy Autism Level 2
Earners of the American Occupational Therapy Association Occupational Therapy Autism–Level II badge have enhanced their ability to meet the needs of children on the autism spectrum and their families from early intervention through elementary school years and to manage the transition process to adulthood. Earners of this badge are skilled at building an intentional relationship, using occupational therapy evaluation strategies, addressing sensory integration challenges, and planning intervention for praxis. Badge earners understand the value of using SIMPLE intervention to provide quality therapy for children on the autism spectrum.
SOURCE: The American Occupational Therapy Association