Occupational Therapy enables students to improve their development and prevents disability from impacting their functioning in daily life. It also focuses on the promotion, restoration and mainstreaming of productivity in people with wide range of abilities and disabilities.
Occupational Therapy may include adaptations of task or environment to achieve maximum independence to enhance the quality of life. Occupational therapy has a definite role in helping / treating children with sensory processing deficits.
Occupational Therapists aim at enabling the child to be as physically, psychologically and socially independent as possible. Occupational therapists work with children who have inadequate motor coordination and planning (praxis), sensory processing dysfunction, social-emotional imbalance, impaired cognitive functions, poor academic performance and limited play skills.
Occupational Therapists use a knowledge base of neurology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, child development and child psychology, psycho social development, activity analysis, and therapeutic techniques. They are trained to treat clients holistically, addressing their cognitive, emotional, and physical needs through functional, activity-based treatment. When working in paediatrics, occupational therapists select activities that are of interest and have meaning for children, and that also meet therapeutic goals.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Many people think the word “Occupation” is a work related term: however, an occupation can be anything someone does to occupy his or her time in everyday life. Groups of activities constitute an occupatio9n. For Example, work, leisure / play and self-care are general occupation. Within each of these are components of one or more activities. Self-care includes many activities of daily living such as brushing your teeth, bathing, eating, and dressing. Leisure / play. Can involve reading, writing, teaching, or typing. Activities are the building blocks or components of human occupation.
“Occupational therapy is an allied health profession concerned with improving a person’s occupational performance. In a pediatric setting, the occupational therapist deals with children whose occupations are usually play, preschoolers, or students.