What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy uses activities with specific goals to help people prevent, reduce or overcome effects of disabilities. When working with children, the role of an Occupational Therapist is to assist them to develop and maintain their capacity to perform tasks that are essential to their everyday living.
- Functional classroom skills (e.g. handwriting skills, scissors skills, alertness level/ attention to task)
- Fine motor skills (e.g. finger dexterity, two-hand coordination skills)
- Gross motor skills (e.g. balance, postural control, coordination)
- Self care skills (e.g. dressing, feeding)
- Social skills (e.g. getting along with others, working as a team)
- Play skills (e.g. play exploration, pretend play, playing with peers)
- Sensory processing skills (some children may react adversely from their peers to touch, movement, sound and other sensations in their everyday life)
How can Occupational Therapy help your child?
In our Centre, our Occupational Therapists work with children from 1.5 years old to 17 years old. Some of these children are typically-developing with handwriting or motor coordination issues, while some children are diagnosed with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), sensory processing disorder, neuro-motor disorders or other learning difficulties.
What happens during Occupational Therapy sessions?
Our therapy programs are tailored to meet the individual needs of your child. Some of our treatment approaches include neuro-developmental therapy, sensory integration therapy, and DIR®/ Floortime approaches. We assist your child to develop skills and abilities by using play, toys, and games creatively to them in our therapy sessions. We believe that therapy should be fun for your child, as a child would learn best when she/ he is motivated and engaged.
Parental/ caregiver involvement in therapy sessions is critical to the success of the child’s therapy program. We most welcome you to sit in during individual sessions and to carry out home programs to ensure treatment efficacy. Additionally we work in close collaboration with teachers and other professionals working with your child. Classroom visits can be arranged.
Importance of home program
Home program is tailored to the needs of your child. For a better outcome, it is important to carry over the home program that your Occupational Therapist has prescribed to optimize the development of your child. Your child will improve with practice!
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