There are many misconceptions about having special needs or gaps in development. Parents are often surprised to find out that their child may need Occupational Therapy (OT) in order to achieve developmental goals such as learning language, reading and writing (Fine Motor Skills).
The word “Occupation” is associated with work, so why should a child need this type of therapy when they are supposed to learn through play. A child’s occupation is to learn through play. However, some children do not play or learn appropriately and need to be taught skills to contribute effectively in social circumstances.
Difficulties in this area of development can create problems with sitting, standing, walking, and general play. This can also affect fine motor skills, attention and listening, language processing, reading and writing. Children need to learn many skills to develop age appropriate tasks and become successful in adulthood.
The occupational therapist’s role is to assess and develop the following skills required for the child’s daily life to be successful.