А Role of Occupational Therapy in Early Childhood

Published May 21, 2014

74313_origChildren need care on a consistent basis from the time of birth until later years. This is especially true if a child is born with special needs and requires extra attention. Occupational therapy will help in allowing the child to have the highest quality of life possible.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Therapy that is provided to children with special needs that will aid in daily living to help in higher quality of life. This treatment will allow for a higher level of development of the child to occur through specialized treatment methods. Providing assistance for daily tasks that will improve the life of a child is the true definition of occupational therapy.

Early Childhood and the Therapist

Occupational therapy is much different than its counterpart, physical therapy. During the early years of a child and when growth a development is occurring, it is important for a child to learn particular habits. An occupational therapist can help the child in a number of ways for a higher quality of life.

Listed below are various forms of occupational therapy:

1. Working with the child to prevent obesity from happening by providing exercise and nutrition programs to encourage ideal weight goals and good health.
2. Working with children that have disabilities to help him or her with functional skills for everyday life.
3. Individualizing treatment for a child that has difficulty learning new things.
4. Teaching a child effective coping strategies and ways to handle the disability efficiently.
5. Assisting the child with learning to write by hand if the child is of school age.

Children that are younger with special needs only need more care by the therapist and this can be provided when the best occupational therapist is selected.

Finally, if you have a child with special needs or considerations be sure to choose the right therapist to help your child for a better life. Simple skills that are learned today can make a huge difference in the life of the child later in life. The key to overcoming any disability or special need is simply coping with it and learning effective techniques to make life less stressful and difficult.

Sources:

http://www.schoolchoices.org/colleges/major/320

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_therapy

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