Exceptional Lives Community Member
June 1, 2022

I thought OT was about workplace skills. Why does my child need OT if they don’t work?

If your young child has a disability or delay, you may have been referred to Occupational Therapy. But what does occupational therapy mean for a child? Anne and Kim from the McMains Child Development Center explain how OT can help a child with their most important work - play.


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Well, a child’s job is to play. So if they’re having trouble reaching for toys, or even holding onto toys, stacking blocks, or pressing buttons on musical toys, then they might need help from an occupational therapist. A child’s job is to become more independent, and that includes feeding themselves and dressing themselves. So if your child is having problems picking up small bits of food with their fingers, holding onto a spoon or fork, pulling on their clothes, like their shirt, or their pants, or their socks, using zippers, or even tying their shoes, they may need the help of an occupational therapist. A child’s job is to go to school and learn, and so if they’re having problems holding their pencil, writing clearly, or even copying things from the board, then they might need the help of an occupational therapist. If your child is having problems, or you have any concerns about any of these items, please contact an occupational therapist, and they can do an evaluation and help you out. Thank you.


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