Occupational therapy is designed to help people of all ages develop the skills needed to participate in everyday activities, or “occupations.”
For children, that means that they not only learn how to perform the everyday activities of living, but that they also learn how to play. Play is a child’s primary occupation and helps build the foundation for many future skills. Some of the challenges that may indicate that an evaluation for occupational therapy should be considered include:
If you notice your child is experiencing any of these difficulties, or if you have any other concerns about your child’s ability to perform daily activities, it can be helpful to schedule an evaluation with an occupational therapist.
The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider with any questions regarding any possible health condition.
By Mikaela Lyding, M.O.T., OTR/L
Mikaela Lyding, M.O.T., OTR/L is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Occupational Therapy Program at Midwestern University in Glendale. Working as a team, Occupational Therapy faculty and students at the Midwestern University Therapy Institute utilize the latest technology and research to evaluate and help children develop their abilities, at affordable prices. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 623-537-6000.
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