When does a child need occupational therapy?Occupational Therapists work with children who have difficulties with the practical and social skills necessary for their everyday life. An Occupational Therapist will aim to enable the child to be as physically, psychologically and socially independent as possible. Occupational Therapists work in close partnership with the child and their family, schools and other healthcare professionals.
Together they have a shared responsibility for meeting the child's needs. In schools, for example, they evaluate the child's abilities, recommend and provide therapy, modify classroom equipment, and help the child participate as fully as possible in school programs and activities. A therapist may work with the child individually, lead small groups in the classroom, consult with a teacher to improve the functioning skills of the child etc.
Occupational therapy is provided when there is a disruption in function in one or more of the following the areas: