Occupational therapists are health professionals who enable health and wellbeing through engaging in meaningful occupations. Occupations are the tasks that a person needs to do and /or wants to be able to do.

A child’s occupations may include tasks such as:

  • Playing
  • Learning
  • Going to school
  • Making friends
  • Managing feelings / emotions
  • Playing sports
  • Dressing, bathing, using the toilet
  • Eating

Occupational therapists help children learn and develop skills to be able to engage, participate and achieve in everyday activities. Occupational therapists can help improve the following skills:

  • Daily living skills: toileting, dressing, eating (including fussiness), cooking, cleaning and shopping.
  • Motor skills: fine motor, gross motor and motor planning.
  • Play skills: expanding and building on current play, imaginative play and playing with others.
  • School skills: handwriting, drawing, using scissors and more.
  • Learning skills: attention/concentration, memory, problem solving, sequencing, perception.
  • Social skills:  making friends, navigating and understanding the social world.
  • Emotional management: learning how to handle emotions.
  • Sensory skills: under or over reaction to sensory input.

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