Occupational therapy is a holistic treatment that focuses on helping children achieve independence in their everyday activities. Occupational therapists evaluate a child's ability to participate in daily activities and provide treatment for areas of improvement identified during the evaluation. The ultimate goal for OTs is for the client to be as independent as possible by working with them to improve emotions and address physical and social needs. Occupational therapists not only work directly with the child, but also with the parents, family, caregivers, and teachers in order to educate and reinforce specific skills and behaviors which will be used to improve and facilitate the child’s performance and functioning in all environments.
Sensory processing refers to the way the central nervous system receives input from the environment through our senses, both internally and externally, and, in turn, produces an appropriate response to the stimuli.
Gross Motor Skills
Gross motor skills are defined as movements of the large muscles of the torso, arms, and legs which create whole-body movements that establish the foundation upon which one’s fine motor skills are built.