WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Occupational Therapy enables and encourages participation in meaningful activities of daily living (such as self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction) despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning.
Our Occupational Therapists can help your child with the following:
FINE MOTOR DEVELOPMENT & CONTROL
Fine motor skills are those of which require the use of the small muscles in your wrist, hand, and fingers. Fine motor skills are important for daily activities such as buttoning clothes, handwriting, tying shoes, and opening up your lunch box!
Spatial awareness is the understanding of where your body is in space in relation to others and oneself. A child with poor spatial awareness may be described as clumsy, often bumping into things and others.
Bilateral coordination refers to being able to simultaneously use both sides of your body to complete a task in a controlled manner. Bilateral coordination activities include jumping jacks, catching a ball with both hands, handwriting and cutting, and so much more!
Does your child have trouble focusing and "tuning out" distractions while completing activities? Our occupational therapists can work with your child to improve and maintain attention through therapeutic activities and play.
Motor planning is the ability to think, plan, sequence, and perform body movements effectively to complete a task. Your child may have difficulty motor planning if they seem uncoordinated or clumsy when performing various tasks.
When a child has poor safety awareness, their ability to function appropriately at school and home is negatively impacted. Here at Pediatric Partners, your child's safety is our top priority.
SOCIAL INTERACTION SKILLS
Social skills include verbal and non-verbal communication and are used in everyday interactions. These skills are important for building self-esteem, relationships, and a sense of belonging.
Sensory integration involves the ability to process, interpret, and make meaning of sensations around us. Difficulty with this skill often leads to challenges in daily activities (i.e. bath time, getting dressed, loud noises on bus, etc.).
We can help your child develop self-help skills to complete everyday tasks such as dressing, feeding, and bathing in order to help them be as independent as possible.
Here at Pediatric Partners of NC, a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan will be curated for your child's feeding needs. We look at feeding from an oral-motor, sensory, and behavioral approach.