Pediatric occupational therapy is the use of purposeful activity to maximize the independence of a child who is limited by a physical injury or illness, neurological or cognitive impairment, a developmental or learning disability, such as dysgraphia, or sensory integration processing. For children, purposeful activities such as swinging, climbing, jumping, buttoning, drawing and writing are their “occupation.”
Under the guidance of a pediatric occupational therapist, the child actively takes in movement and touch information in playful, meaningful and natural ways that may facilitate the brain to modulate these fundamental neural messages. The child responds favorably to sensory integration treatment, because his or her nervous system is pliable and changeable. Pediatric occupational therapy helps the child build confidence and learn to succeed – and the children love it because it is play!
Not only do our pediatric occupational therapists help children to succeed in fine motor skills (handwriting, drawing, buttoning, tying shoes, swinging, etc.), all of our Occupational Therapists at Kid’s Creek are also trained and experienced in successfully addressing Sensory Processing Disorders in children. Click here to learn more about Sensory Integration Disorder.
If you believe your child may benefit from occupational therapy, please contact us for a free consultation.