“Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement”. Occupational therapists provide services within health care organizations such as hospitals, chronic care facilities, rehabilitation centres and clinics, schools, and social agencies (WFOT, 2012).
Paediatric occupational therapists work with children whose occupational performance may be impaired by physical, developmental, sensory, attentional and/or learning challenges. A child’s primary occupation is play, therefore, occupational therapists use play therapeutically to improve the child’s functional performance of various tasks and activities. Occupational therapists provide treatment to children with a variety of diagnoses such as fine motor delays, visual motor delays, Sensory Processing Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Downs Syndrome and other congenital, developmental, degenerative or neurological conditions.
At KidsAbility the occupational therapist will complete an individualized assessment which may include a comprehensive evaluation of the child’s home and other environments (e.g. school). Together with the child’s family, the occupational therapist will set goals and develop a customized therapy plan. Therapy may be provided at the clinic, home, or school. Depending on the goals of the child, he or she may receive therapy in individual or group sessions. Occupational therapist will also provide guidance and education to family members and caregivers to ensure continuity of goals.
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