Occupational Therapy Services for Children in Lawrenceville, GA
Occupational therapy services are designed to address your child’s daily, “occupational” skills that are integrated into everything that they do. For some younger children, their “occupation” is playing, so occupational therapy addresses all of the skills that are encompassed in play such as fine motor skills, visual motor skills, sensory integration and attention. For school-age children, their “occupation” becomes school. Academically children need the same type of skills with fine motor, visual motor, sensory integration and attention skills but in a different capacity and way. Occupational therapy services address your child’s needs wherever he or she may be on the developmental scale, from early learning and play to specific skills related to academic achievement. Below is a breakdown of some of the areas that occupational therapy can help address:
Keep in mind your child’s age and stage of development as you read these and think about how that particular skill may apply to your child’s current occupation.
This is how your child uses the small muscles of the hands to manipulate objects, whether that be a rattle or pencil, your child develops the muscle strength, coordination and memory to complete daily tasks that are important at their particular stage of development.
This is how your child’s eyes and hands communicate so that he or she is able to copy, draw or write what is seen.
This is how your child receives, interprets and integrates the sensory information around them in everything that they do. This could be through touch, smell, taste, sight or the sense of where their body is in space.
This is how your child is able to attend to information that is presented to them and integrate that information in a useful way. This also includes your child’s ability to not attend to things that are not important in their environment and learn to “tune things out”.
Your child may be a good candidate for an Occupational Therapy Evaluation if you answer YES to at least one of these questions:
- Does your child struggle with handwriting?
- Does your child struggle with fine motor tasks like zipping, buttoning, opening things, etc.?
- Does your child have difficulty maintaining attention, especially in group situations?
- Does your child have issues with certain textures in foods, clothing or surfaces?
- Does your child get upset easily when the familiar routine is disrupted?