Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services

Pediatric occupational therapists are trained to assist children to become successful and productive, independent members in their community. The goal of pediatric occupational therapy is to develop all the necessary skills for lifelong learning. Occupational therapy helps children to develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and performing specific tasks, but it also addresses social and behavioral skills.

Pediatric occupational therapists are trained to guide and assist children with the acquisition, or improved performance in their daily occupations. Occupations or daily tasks for a child include play, self care and learning. The skills necessary for successful age appropriate function in these occupations include, but are not limited to:

  • Fine motor and gross motor coordination
  • Sensory processing / sensory integration
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor skills
  • Attention
  • Social skills
  • Daily living skills such as feeding, dressing and hygiene

At Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy Group, our occupational therapists use play as a method of achieving therapy goals. Play is highly motivating and meaningful for children. It provides a mechanism for carryover of skills across all environments. Our pediatric occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention and consultation in the following areas:

  • Fine motor/handwriting skills
  • Learning and school performance
  • Sensory integration/sensory processing
  • Play and socialization
  • Organizing and planning their motor skills
  • Oral motor functioning/feeding
  • Self-help and hygiene
  • Environmental adaptations for home and school settings

 

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play IS serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
-Mister Rogers