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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

A child's "occupations" are playing, learning and socializing. Occupational therapists work with children and their families to help them succeed in these activities.

Occupational therapy can help if your child does any of the following:

  • Avoids touch or movement
  • Seeks excessive touch or movement
  • Trouble with coordination
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigues easily
  • Poor perception of pain
  • Tantrums with changes in routine
  • Cautious with new tasks
  • Orally sensitive to textures

Skills Assessment

Lake Regional pediatric occupational therapists will assess your child for the following skills.

Fine-Motor Skills and Preschool Skills

  • Appears clumsy, drops items
  • Does not clap hands by 9 months
  • Unable to recognize simple shapes by 13 months
  • Unable to grasp small objects with pad of thumb and index finger by 11 months and holding onto a marker by 15 months (with thumb and index finger toward paper)
  • Weak hands - Unable to snip with pediatric scissors by 25 months
  • Unable to copy a circle and cross design by 33 months
  • Difficulty using both hands at the same time

Self-Care Skills

  • Difficulty holding grooming, hygiene, eating and writing utensils
  • Trouble with dressing fasteners
  • Difficulty following a morning routine
  • Decreased safety awareness
  • Motor-planning problems with dressing tasks
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty following simple directions
  • Not helping out with household chores

Sensory Integration

Sensory processing is how we register sensory input from the world around us and put it to use in daily life. Environmental senses include seeing, hearing, smell, taste and touch. Body-centered senses include the vestibular system (monitors change in head position and our movement) and proprioception (where our body parts are in space). Sensory processing disorder is the inability to respond appropriately to sensory experiences due to our central nervous system inaccurately processing the sensory input.

Is Your Child on Target?

Download our developmental benchmarks chart.

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