Pediatric occupational therapy helps children gain independence while also strengthening the development of fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, gross motor, and visual motor skills that children need to function and socialize. Occupational therapy and speech therapy overlap in many areas, due to how integration into everyday activities also incorporate communicating our needs with others. Typically, physical therapy treats the lower body, occupational therapy treats the upper body and both focus on body mechanics or positioning, balance and movement. Speech therapy focuses on treating the jaw, lips, throat and tongue. The interrelatedness of occupational therapy and speech and language skills is a perfect example, as many areas of difficulty addressed by an occupational therapist (OT) relate directly to a child’s speech and language development (play skills, social skills, etc.) and vise versa. The occupational therapist, physical therapist, and speech-language pathologist (SLP) will often work closely together to focus on maximizing functional progress during therapy, in order to help new skills carry over into the home, community or school setting.
Based upon your child's needs and goals, individual and group therapy sessions can be organized to support their individual goals, including social skills development, handwriting groups, and more! Contact us for more details.