Pediatric Skill Builders
Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Orlando, Florida
Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Many people are surprised to learn that children take part in occupational therapy, because we generally link the term occupation with work. However, occupational therapists have a broader definition of "occupation." They help children to successfully develop the skills required for the many "jobs" of childhood, such as school performance, social interactions, self help, and play. Developing these abilities is crucial for success in a child's daily life.
Occupational therapists provide evaluation, intervention and consultation in the following areas:
- Fine Motor Coordination
- Self-Help and Hygiene
- Gross Motor Coordination
- Play / Socialization
- Sensory Processing / Modulation Abilities
- Visual Motor and Visual Perceptual Skills
- Organizing, Planning, and Carrying out Motor Acts
- Adaptive Equipment Modifications
- Environmental Adaptations for Home and School Settings
Some signs your child might benefit from Occupational Therapy:
- Presents with weak hands and/or tires easily while completing fine motor tasks
- Overly sensitive or emotional to sensory stimulation including touch, textures, tastes, sound, and movement
- Difficulties writing including pushing too hard or not hard enough, not being able to develop and maintain a good grasp on the pencil, and having trouble with size and spacing of his/her letters
- Challenges with dressing himself/herself
- Difficulties with transitions between activities and/or settings
- Poor balance and/or clumsiness
- Difficulties learning gross motor tasks such as riding a bike, skipping, or hopping
- Poor concentration and attention to task
These lists are not all-inclusive and an evaluation is necessary to determine if therapy is appropriate for each child.
About Our Occupational Therapy Staff:
Our Occupational Therapists are experienced practitioners with degrees at the master's levels that have training in Sensory Integration, Handwriting Without Tears, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, and Feeding.
Did You Know?
Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; kids, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main "job" is playing and learning, and occupational therapists help children become more successful with these "jobs" of childhood.