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Occupational Therapy for Kids in Thibodaux
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Do you have a child with developmental delays?
At Sensory Solutions, we know that children are unique. They grow and develop in their own time and at their own pace. We also know that each child has different needs. That’s why our occupational therapy services are comprehensive – they cover evaluation and treatment planning as well as individual therapy services for your child to learn new skills to grow into a happy, successful adult!
Does your child have Difficulties with day-to-day activities at home or school?
Kids love playing, and it helps them explore the world around them. It also allows them to interact with others and develop essential life skills needed to connect with others and do day-to-day activities independently. Some children have many challenges in mastering these skills that allow them to navigate and investigate their environment on their own.
Benefits of Occupational Therapy:
- Promotes independence and self-confidence
- Reduces frustration behaviors
- Helps organizational skills
- Strengthens bilateral coordination skills and postural control
- Improves social interaction skills
Occupational Therapy for Kids
Occupational therapy is based on the belief that children’s disorders are often caused by difficulties learning basic concepts and skills, such as cause and effect, measurement, patterns and order.
Occupational therapists help children develop these concepts through direct observation of how the child behaves at play, exploration of what occupations (or activities) are liked and disliked, as well as observing the way in which the child’s home environment may or may not support his/her development.
Occupational therapy is a great way to help children cope with everyday problems. They learn healthy and productive ways, such as what to do when they’re angry or frustrated.
For kids to form strong relationships with their friends, family, and teachers, they need to work together. They learn to get along with others through playing games, sharing toys, and working on projects.
Children find inspiration in things they see in the world around them, making their own art or music. They also enjoy sharing what they’ve created with others.
By pretending to cook a dinner for the family or pretending to have a job in a store, children can practice what might be difficult for them. Pretending allows kids to learn how to manage their actions and thoughts as well as develop social skills.
Children cannot play if they can’t move around or manipulate toys and objects. Play skills refer to all the gross motor movements (such as standing and walking) that kids need to engage in.
Studies show that social skills, such as communicating and playing with others, are a vital part of a child’s education. Occupational therapists help children learn how to interact in positive ways with their peers and teachers.
Occupational Therapy FAQ's
Pediatric occupational therapists assist with barriers that affect a child’s physical, emotional, and social needs. To accomplish this, they use everyday activities, exercises, and other therapies. Occupational therapy helps kids play, improves their school performance, and aids their daily activities.
An occupational therapist or OT can help a child with ADHD improve their:
- Organization skills
- Physical coordination
- Ability to manage everyday tasks – such as organizing their backpack, taking a shower, or making their bed
- They can also help children to control their energy levels, hyperactivity, etc.
Occupational therapists typically hold a master’s degree and are licensed to practice in their state. An Occupational Therapist might work in a clinic, private practice, or hospital, and some OTs work at schools.
Does occupational therapy help with behavior?
Children might need occupational therapy, whether or not they have a medical condition. However, kids with the following medical conditions are considered to be ‘at risk’ for various skills that have an effect on their participation at home or school.
- Sensory processing disorders
- Birth injuries and birth defects
- Traumatic injuries (spinal cord or brain)
- Autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- Learning problems
- Behavioral problems
- Spina bifida
- Developmental delays
- Cerebral palsy
- Post-surgical hand conditions