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What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric occupational therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy is a mystery to most. Many people might ask: “My child does not have an occupation, why would my child need occupational therapy?” However, your child does in fact have an occupation… to play, learn, grow, and develop!

Many times, this just occurs naturally but other times a child benefits from support to make progress and gains. Occupational therapy’s focus areas include fine motor development, daily routines, and sensory processing. Pediatric occupational therapists help children engage in everyday occupations and daily routines. Specific target areas include sensory processing and development, physical development, emotional development, and adaptive development.

Pediatric occupational therapists

Pediatric occupational therapists collaborate and work hand in hand with families to create a treatment plan specific to a child’s needs. Our goal is to assist the child and the whole family. Occupational therapists’ partner with parents, teachers, caregivers and more to assist with making gains.

Sensory development

Sensory development is a key foundational tool for learning, language, interactions and daily routines.  Sensory processing refers to how a child processes, prioritizes, and puts meaning to information, including tactile (touch) processing, visual input, auditory processing, proprioceptive (body awareness, motor planning and need for movement) and vestibular (movement of head in space) processing.  In addition, pediatric occupational therapists address overall modulation, or ability to regulate the body, which are foundations for sleep and emotional regulation.  Our clinic specializes in sensory processing.

Physical development

Physical development includes gross motor skills, fine motor skills, strength, and coordination. Handwriting, fine motor development, and visual perceptual skills fall under this domain.  Additionally, occupational therapists target strength and coordination skills through climbing walls, obstacle courses, and more.

Autism, ASD, sensory processing, reduced interaction, reduced social skills
reduced attention, reduced focus, ADHD, hyperactive, hyperactivity, fine motor delays

Emotional development

Emotional development is an area pediatric occupational therapists provide support. Children need to be open minded and flexible in their play; open to the ‘give and take’ of relationships and interactions. They need to establish connections with others. They also need to find ways to regroup or reorganize once escalated. Occupational therapists can be beneficial is this domain.

Adaptive development

Adaptive development is a child’s ability to perform daily routines, including dressing, undressing, potty training, feeding, brushing teeth/hair and sleep. Occupational therapy’s goal is to support independence is these areas and target the underlying reason that acquiring this skill might be challenging to the child.

Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OT) and Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA) must first obtain a degree in Occupational Therapy.  All Occupational Therapists (OTs) at Blossom Therapy have a master’s degree or doctorate degree.  All Occupational Therapist Assistants (OTAs) at Blossom Therapy have an associate degree and over ten years of pediatric experience.  Being an OT or OTA involves years of schooling, internships, and licensure.

Blossom Therapy Clinic

At our new clinic facility, we’re able to offer support and guidance for sensory processing challenges, fine motor delays, and self-help deficits. We have a large sensory room filled with many enriching and organizing pieces of equipment and activities. Blossom Therapy’s clinic also has smaller spaces for those who benefit from a calm environment to focus and concentrate. Click here to learn more about our facility.

Do you have questions, or wonder if your child would benefit from Blossom Therapy’s Pediatric  Occupational Therapy or Speech Therapy ? Visit our Contact Us page to submit a request and we will respond to inquiries within a few days.