The goal of occupational therapy is to help people of all ages with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities achieve maximum independence in their lives. While commonly thought as treatment aimed at adults only, occupational therapy has long been proven to also help children with special needs develop their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills, while improving their self-esteem and instilling a sense of accomplishment.
The word “occupational” is deceiving and, hence, many think this therapy is relevant to adults only, but to be “occupied” means to be busy, and children are very busy indeed! Playing and learning are their main “jobs”, and it’s these which occupational therapists evaluate. Through their aptitude for playing, school performance, and daily activities, our therapists can make comparisons on what is developmentally appropriate for the child’s age group.
In addition to dealing with their patients’ physical well-being, occupational therapists address psychological, social, and environmental factors that can affect function in various ways. This approach can make occupational therapy a vital part of healthcare for some children.
Children and adolescents with the following medical problems might benefit from occupation therapy:
If you or someone you know might benefit from Occupational Therapy, please don’t hesitate to call us at the American Wellness Center for a consultation. All calls are confidential.