First question for this theme is, what is occupational therapy (OT) for kids? We are not the expert, but, in this writing, we only want to explain something that we thing this is needed by person that their kids have some kind problems like what have we written below. We have some friends too that they are therapist for occupational therapist. This is not a professional medical source indeed, but hopefully can help you find more information about OT for your kids.
Based on what I read on a few of blog on occupational therapist, a simply answer is, occupational therapy is kind of activity that help and ease person or kids to help them to be functional in every activity in their everyday life. For example, if you meet persons that had a stroke, in the phase of rehabilitation after curing the stroke, they will need a training process for doing everything as usual in their everyday life. This is happen because after stroke, they can not do every activity necessarily as usual, they need recovery process day by day, time by time. Their feet and hands can not function as usual. They need training, training, training, and training. So do the children that have a disability to move their limb such as feet and hands. The key solutions is do more a lot of exercise. Practice makes perfect, that was the proverb said is right. OT will help kids with their attention and learning problems. Occupational therapy will help them more independent to do everyday life activity or daily task. OT will help them have a better do to handle daily activities. Therefore they need an intents ‘therapy’ by the Occupational therapist.
Who is the kids that need the OT?
The first thing to understand among parents and teachers is every child is special. Not all the kids that have problems on learning and attention is defined to be handled with OT. You must do some checks and evaluation to make it sure. It is not in a hurry and it is not necessarily to meet the OT if you find your kids have a problem of attention and learning. perhaps it is not the problem of motor skill, but maybe other social problem may happened out there. Make sure before meet your doctor or therapies. But there are a few kids that really need the OT. Who are they?
Based on kidtheraphy.org kids with birth injuries or birth defects will need OT. Or such as kids with sensory processing disorders, traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord), learning problems, autism/pervasive developmental disorders also need occupational therapy. Then, kids with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, mental health or behavioral problems. Kids that have broken bones or other orthopedic injuries, developmental delays, post-surgical conditions, burns are also need OT. Afterwards, kids with spina bifida, cancer, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses are strongly recommended to have occupational therapy. Premature infants also need this OT if recommended by the family doctors. OT also meet the requirement to kids with ADHD, to children struggling to read or write.
OT can help kids to develop their (1) cognitive skills such as shapes and sequences or remembering letters, like what All Allied health School said. (2) fine motor skills (hand strength or wrist and forearm control), (3) Social skills such as taking some turns, following directions and indeed listening the direction and objection, (4) Gross motor skills (i.e body and balance coordination ), (5) Self-care tasks or something like bathing, self-feeding, and also dressing.
Actually, Based on what I read on Tracey’s blog, who was a pediatric OT, she said that for younger kids, “their primary occupation is play.” Even her son once asked her about her real job and she answer that this is her real job. You know what her son replied? “You mean you just play all day?” ha-ha-ha. I think Tracey is the real mom. I agree with her that the occupation of kids is playing. Now Tracey is a homeschooling mom that do their activities with their kids based on her knowledge as pediatric occupational therapy. Therefore, OTFC Australia said that Occupational therapy for kids means, “playing, learning, and being a part of a family or friendships.”
The references for learning about occupational therapy
You can refer these link or website for further learning:
3. (Australia only) Kidsmatter
4. What is OT?
These are list of Occupational therapy resources from the Growing hands on kids site , we put it here for your convenience. or check on their website by your self on www.growinghandsonkids.com :
And the last, do not forget the tracey’s note. The first thing to do with kids activity (every activity), to help kids develop their skills, is just play and do not say it (even once only) that what you do is therapy.
Also Learn from the videos:
Oxleas NHS FOundation’s Videos
Little Wonderer Videos
THe OT Practice