Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of health care that helps people of all ages who have physical, sensory, or cognitive problems.
Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of health-care profession that assists people of all ages with physical, sensory, and cognitive issues. Occupational therapy can assist people in regaining independence in many aspects of their lives.
Occupational therapists assist people in overcoming obstacles that affect their emotional, social, and physical requirements. They do so through engaging in daily activities, workouts, and other therapy.
OT assists children in playing, improving their academic achievement, and assisting them in their daily routines. It also improves their self-confidence and sense of achievement.
Children can benefit from OT in the following ways:
- Develop fine motor skills, such as grasping and releasing toys, as well as handwriting and computer skills.
- Improve eye-hand coordination so that kids can enjoy sports and perform school-related tasks like batting a ball and copying from a blackboard.
- Become proficient in basic living activities such as bathing, dressing, brushing one's teeth, and self-feeding.
- Practice managing irritation and anger to learn constructive actions and social skills.
- Obtain specialised equipment to aid in the development of their independence. Wheelchairs, splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, and communication aids are all examples.
Who Need Occupational Therapy?
OT can help kids and teens who have:
- birth injuries or birth defects
- sensory processing disorders
- traumatic injuries to the brain or spinal cord
- learning problems
- juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
- mental health or behavioral problems
- broken bones or other orthopedic injuries
- developmental delays
- post-surgical conditions
- spina bifida
- traumatic amputations
- severe hand injuries
- multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses