About OT

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health profession which helps to improve function and increase engagement in meaningful activities of daily living.  OT intervention varies based on client factors, context and activity demands.  For the pediatric population, occupations include self-care, play/leisure activities, social participation and school/vocational performance. 

Occupational therapists look at the performance skills in each of these areas of occupation to understand the underlying issues affecting the child’s ability to engage in age-expected activities.  Performance skills include strength, endurance, gross motor and fine motor coordination, attention, organization, adaptation and communication or interaction.  Therapists utilize assessments and skilled observation to evaluate the client and in collaboration with the family, other specialists and/or the school develop a treatment plan and goals to address problem areas.  When direct treatment is provided, the therapist incorporates goal areas into purposeful therapeutic activities.