Paediatric Occupational Therapy helps children with different needs develop skills to perform the purposeful activities that make up everyday life. Occupational Therapy aims to help children be as independent as possible in their everyday lives.
The Paediatric Occupational Therapist is trained to assess the component areas involved in the performance of daily activities:
Sensory: The child’s ability to interpret and organise information from the senses about their body and environment.
Motor: The child’s tone and strength, patterns of movement, posture, gross and fine motor function and hand-eye coordination.
Cognitive: The child’s arousal level and attention skills, initiation and planning of activity, problem solving and safety awareness.
Psychosocial: The child’s self-esteem, motivation and social interaction.
Who can benefit from Paediatric Occupational Therapy?
Children who are experiencing any difficulty in performing the daily activities expected of them. This may be in any of the following areas:
Self-Care – dressing, toileting, feeding.
Movement and Coordination – balance skills, ball skills and handeye coordination. Sensory Processing and Modulation.
Planning and organising skills at home or school.