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What Do Occupational Therapists do daily??

Here are the top 10 most common areas that pediatric occupational therapists treat on a day to day basis:

  1. Fine motor skills: difficulties with the small movements of the hands and fingers necessary for tasks such as writing, using scissors, or tying shoelaces.

  2. Gross motor skills: difficulties with the large movements of the body necessary for tasks such as running, jumping, and climbing.

  3. Sensory processing disorders: difficulties with processing and responding to sensory input, such as touch, sound, taste, smell, or movement.

  4. Self-care skills: difficulties with activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, feeding, and toileting.

  5. Handwriting: difficulties with the mechanics of handwriting, such as letter formation, spacing, and legibility.

  6. Visual-perceptual skills: difficulties with visual processing and understanding of spatial relationships, such as difficulty with copying shapes or reading maps.

  7. Executive functioning skills: difficulties with higher-level cognitive skills, such as planning, organizing, problem-solving, and decision-making.

  8. Play skills: difficulties with social and emotional aspects of play, such as turn-taking, sharing, and imaginative play.

  9. Attention and concentration: difficulties with sustaining attention and maintaining focus during activities.

  10. Environmental adaptations: making adaptations to the child's environment to improve accessibility and safety, such as modifying seating or providing assistive devices.

It's important to note that every child is unique and may require a personalized approach to therapy. A licensed occupational therapist can provide a comprehensive evaluation and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to the child's specific needs.

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