Pediatric occupational therapy is a treatment used to improve your child’s activities of daily living, sensory integration, fine motor, visual perceptual skills, and feeding.
Help Your Child Navigate the World
Pediatric occupational therapy helps children succeed at their “job,” which is to play, socialize with other children, and learn how to navigate the world despite any limitations they may be facing. This includes treating the child holistically so that they can thrive in all areas of their life: physically, mentally, and behaviorally.
A certified pediatric occupational therapist (OT) or certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) will evaluate the potential causes and extent of your child’s developmental delays and then create a tailored therapy program to help them improve the specific skills they may be struggling with. For example, a child with cerebral palsy may need to work on their foundational fine motor skills, like picking up food and toys. Or, a child on the autism spectrum may begin occupational therapy to enhance their social and behavioral skills.
Working with an OT or COTA can significantly improve your child’s quality of life and expand what’s possible for them to achieve. Our pediatric specialists also work closely with you to create an environment that’s accessible for your child and supportive of their growth. Early intervention often improves outcomes, but occupational therapy can be introduced into your child’s treatment plan at any stage in their development.
Conditions That Can Be Addressed With Occupational Therapy
Whether your child is adapting to a minor challenge or a severe disability, pediatric occupational therapy programs are available to help them become more independent and participate successfully in home, school, and play settings. Comprehensive pediatric occupational therapy services treat a wide variety of conditions, disorders, and delays, including:
- Visual-motor skills (ability to control the coordination of the visual and movement system to perform a task)
- Fine motor skills (using small muscles in the wrist, hand, and fingers to make precise movements)
- Neurological differences such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, and stroke
- Orthopedic conditions (rehabilitation for bone, ligament, muscle, tendon, joint, and nerve injuries)
- Post-surgical care (recovering and rebuilding strength following surgery)
- Developmental delays associated with autism and Down syndrome
- Swallowing or feeding problems
- Sensory processing disorder (sensitivity to sensory stimulation)
- Play and socialization skills (ability to observe and participate)
- Task management skills (ability to prioritize tasks, break projects into small steps, and see things through to completion)
- Coping skills (ability to keep calm, establish a routine, etc.)
How Our Occupational Therapists Help
Our pediatric OTs and COTAs work with infants and children in-home or via telehealth therapy to help them build skills for everyday activities and achieve increased independence. We provide personalized occupational therapy in your home so your child will feel safe and comfortable, which nurtures their ability to grow, learn, play, and thrive.
Every child’s journey with occupational therapy is unique, and you can always expect quality, compassionate care. Techniques for therapy may include:
- Evaluating your child’s level of performance in critical developmental areas
- Observing how your child functions at home and determining how it could be modified to promote better development
- Developing a personalized plan of treatment alongside other professionals on the child’s care team
- Using games and learning activities to create age-appropriate self-care routines and habits, play skills, and social/behavioral skills
- Recommending adaptive equipment to facilitate the development of age-appropriate abilities
Addressing challenges with daily activities may be difficult and frustrating for your child. Our pediatric OTs are patient and skilled at recognizing and celebrating your child’s small but important milestones, such as brushing their teeth, communicating clearly, and playing with friends. Although progress is not always linear, regular occupational therapy is an essential part of empowering your child to participate more actively in their environment.
The Care Options for Kids Approach
Care Options for Kids believes in bringing families and occupational therapists together to nurture all aspects of the child’s well-being. Our leading pediatric specialists are committed to providing the best in-home care that empowers children to reach their greatest potential.
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Compassionate Pediatric Occupational Therapists
Our team works to transform the lives of children and their families every day through extraordinary care. We honor their impact by providing them opportunities to develop their careers, pursue fulfilling work, and achieve a healthy work-life balance. We recognize that our compassionate caregivers are the heart of our organization and the key drivers of success.
Each of our skilled occupational therapists is selected because of their compassionate nature, professional training, and track record of excellence. We are committed to ensuring our pediatric specialists uphold our mission to support children and their families while demonstrating the highest standards of quality, trust, and teamwork.
We're proud to serve children and their families nationwide. Find exceptional in-home occupational therapy for your child from one of our provider locations.