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:
- Going to school
- Making friends
- Managing feelings / emotions
- Playing sports
- Dressing, bathing, using the toilet
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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