OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY WITH KIDS
A child’s earliest years are filled with new experiences that drive their cognitive, social and physical growth. The first 3 years in a child’s life are the most critical for the brain development, especially if a child is delayed in development. Early intervention is a collective therapy that provides children from birth to 3 years who have disabilities or are at a risk of developing; to help them cope later in life.
Occupational therapy is one of the several therapies that benefit children with many conditions such as Down syndrome, Autism, developmental delays,birth injuries or defects, sensory processing disorders, learning problems, autism, behavioral problems, burns, cerebral palsy and other chronic illnesses,
The therapy can help improve their motor, physical, cognitive, sensory processing, communication, play skills and enhance their self-esteem. The main goal is to enhance development, minimize delay and support families meet the needs of their children,
People may think that occupational therapy is just for adults; after all, what’s a child’s occupation? A child’s main occupation is playing and learning, hence, occupational therapists promote active participation in occupations that are meaningful to them. They evaluate a child’s skills for playing, school performance and activities of daily living (ADL’s) and compare them with their developmentally appropriate age group.