It may seem strange to use the word occupation when talking about a child's rehabilitation. Occupations for children are the events of daily living, such as eating, playing, getting dressed, or simply interacting with others.
Occupational therapists (OTs) observe and evaluate how children perform in everyday contexts. Treatments focus on helping patients regain or develop skills necessary for the job of living. For children, this means developing life skills and tasks that enable them to engage in life as independently as possible through exercises and task-related activities that are disguised as play. Skills OTs address include:
- Fine muscle movements
- Visual perceptual
- Sensory Processing
- Daily living
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