Occupational Therapy has often used the slogan of “skills for the job of living” and is concerned with helping people to become more independent with their “occupations.” For pediatrics these occupations involve everything a child engages in such as play, school, and daily care activities such as dressing and eating. A pediatric occupational therapist’s goals are to work on the underlying issues that are causing children problems with engaging in their occupations of play, school, and activities of daily living. Pediatric occupational therapists also address social and behavioral skills and can help with a child’s self-concept and confidence.
A pediatric occupational therapist is an allied health professional trained in the biological, physical, medical and behavioral sciences, including: neurology, anatomy, physiology, human development, kinesiology, orthopedics and psychology.
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children develop the basic sensory awareness and motor skills needed for motor development, learning and healthy behavior.