Pediatric Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy is often thought of as something for adults, usually after an accident or surgery, to re-learn skills needed to go back to work.
For children and pediatric occupational therapy, the concept is similar; we believe that it is a child’s job to play and develop core strength skills that will last a lifetime. Sometimes, children need some help to strengthen their hand muscles before they learn how to tie their shoes, or they need to be exposed to new and messy activities to become accustomed to coping with situations they may run in to on a daily basis.
Does your child need a Pediatric occupational therapy assessment?
If you’re not sure if the difficulties your child is facing are normal, look below at some of the common issues that can be addressed with occupational therapy.
- Difficulty winding down or self-calming
- Clumsy or uncoordinated
- Avoids movement (dislikes swings, etc.) or seeks out excessive movement (frequently jumping, crashing, etc.)
- Difficulties with transition and/or changes in routine
- Difficulties self-dressing, feeding themselves or other difficulties with fine motor skills
- Handwriting appear messy and ineligible
Pediatric Occupational therapy is something that may be able to help your child improve and expand their skill sets and set them up for success now and well into the future. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of pediatric occupational therapy, here is a great resource from The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
Goodwin Therapy Specialists has locations in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Call us today to learn more about our philosophy for pediatric occupational therapy and how we can help your family.
Is Acting Out a sensory Issue or behavior Problem?
Some kids act out because they have a problem with self-regulation due to sensory issues. There are a number of children whose behaviors are an attempt to get the sensory input that their body is craving.
Our pediatric occupational therapist have been trained to assist families in determining the underlying cause of the behaviors. Once that foundational question has been answered, they can help to set up a positive behavioral support system. For the sensory-based behaviors, they can work to incorporate OT strategies that will help to normalize some of the overreactive responses or build in needed sensory experiences throughout the child’s daily routine.
Parents, let us help you work to make daily routines easier by helping your child and teaching you the tools you need when these behaviors do occur. We want you to be able to function as a family and make a trip to the grocery store a pleasant experience for you!