Occupational Therapy For Children

 

What is occupational therapy for children? 

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a regulated healthcare profession essential to helping individuals be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives.  Many people think that Occupational therapy is only for adults but children have occupations too!  We consider your occupations to be anything you do to occupy yourself; jobs of daily living.  Occupational therapists will enable children to participate in daily activities in the areas of:

  • Self-care (dressing, bathing, toileting, and feeding)
  • Productivity (school, daycare, and pre-vocational skills)
  • Leisure and play (riding a bike, running, skipping, catching, throwing, social skills)

Occupational therapy treatment for kids with various needs can help to improve cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.  Occupational therapists can evaluate children’s skills for school performance, playing, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for their age group.  Pediatric OT practitioners use a holistic approach and address physical, psychological, spiritual, and social aspects of a child as well as considering environmental factors that can impact their function. This approach makes OT a vital part of a health care team for kids and their families.

 

What does Kids OT At Home do?

Kids OT At Home provides private occupational therapy services for children and their families living in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland Area of British Columbia as well as the Sea to Sky Corridor up to Squamish.  Occupational therapy is provided within your community, school, and home environment, and services may consist of the assessment, treatment, consultation, and education of:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Written output
  • Communication skills
  • Gross motor skills and coordination
  • Visual motor integration skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Sensory processing skills
  • Self-care skills
  • Social skills
  • School related issues and more

 

Who might benefit from occupational therapy for children?

Many children may benefit from this type of pediatric occupational therapy service including but not limited to children with:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities
    •    Dyslexia
    •    Dysgraphia
    •    Nonverbal Learning disability (NVLD)
  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  • Dyspraxia
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)

Children do not require a diagnosis or a referral to participate in occupational therapy services with Kids OT At Home.

 

Where do I start?

Please contact us for a free consultation to see if these community-based OT services are the right fit for you and your family.