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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

The purpose of occupational therapy is to facilitate independence in activities that are meaningful and purposeful for engagement in daily life.

Working on School Project
Nursery School

Common Areas Addressed
In Occupational Therapy:

  • Activities of daily living – dressing, bathing, toileting, grooming and hygiene, etc.

  • Fine motor skills – writing, cutting, grasping, and using feeding utensils.

  • Visual perceptual skills – the ability to attend to and identify important visual features in the environment.

  • Sensory processing/regulation – responding appropriately to various sensory stimuli such as touch, sound, smell, taste/picky eating, and movement.

  • Strengthening/coordination/balance – strengthening of upper body muscles, improving postural control, and dynamic balance.

Occupational therapy addresses many different areas of function; this is not an all-inclusive list.

Common Diagnoses Treated in Occupational Therapy:

  • Autism

  • Sensory Processing Disorders

  • Down Syndrome

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Developmental Delay

Occupational therapy treats a variety of diagnoses; this is not an exhaustive list.

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