What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy or OT, is a form of movement therapy that helps kids who struggle with everyday fine and gross motor tasks that are crucial to their development and lives. Occupational therapy can also be used to help kids who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing issues and improves confidence in the classroom, at home, and at play. A therapist uses a variety of fun and creative movements, exercises, tools, and pieces of equipment to best meet the needs of each child.
Occupational therapy is not for a job or “occupation”, though we hear this one a lot!
Occupational Therapy at Spark Therapies.
At Spark, we have a variety of specialized toys, lights, tools, swings, and a sensory-safe play gym. Our gym has a rock wall, a crash pit, monkey bars, and a ball pit for deep pressure and strengthening exercises. We also have a cozy sensory cave with black lights, sensory bins, and a bubble tube, along with many other fun and sensory-safe features to help kids explore, play and grow. Click here to learn more about Sensory Needs and Support.
What does Occupational Therapy treat?
Occupational therapy helps children develop the skills necessary for learning and performing specific tasks, and can improve social and behavioral skills in the process. Occupational Therapy improves a child’s self-concept and confidence as they grow and learn. OT helps children develop sensory awareness improve motor skills needed for motor development, learning, and healthy behavior.
Occupational Therapy addresses:
- body awareness, also called your proprioceptive sense
- coordination of movements between the two sides of the body
- fine motor control and organization
- motor planning
- motor movements and coordination
- visual motor and perceptual skills
- sensory modulation or how to control the reaction to stimuli
Here at Spark, occupational therapists not only work directly with your child but also with you and any other members of your support team. This helps you give your child adequate support at home and ensures progress continues.
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