Occupational Therapy (OT) looks at the client utilizing a holistic approach, taking into account environment, relationships, mental health, psycho-social skills, functional fine motor, and gross motor coordination.
A child’s primary occupations include development and play in preparation for school. Through play we develop reasoning skills, impulse control, fine motor coordination, and gross motor coordination. Deficits in these occupations can hinder performance in daily functioning, such as dressing, self-feeding, reasoning skills, and impulse control. A child’s main occupation past age 5 is school. If there is difficulty in performance in school, whether it be fasteners on clothing, carrying a lunch tray or backpack, attentional difficulty, learning disability, and/or handwriting difficulties, OT is warranted for optimal performance.