Occupational therapy as it was defined about a hundred years ago refers to the trained professional’s ability to assist people with everyday activities (activities of daily living). For children, this includes daily life tasks like eating, learning, playing and developing as well as the complex abilities needed for academic success.
Occupational Therapists working with children may work in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools and private clinics. They may work with a wide number of diagnoses, some of which are listed below.
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Down Syndrome
Occupational Therapists have been treating children with Sensory Defensiveness in clinics for the past 25 years employing techniques developed by Dr. Jean Ayres. This includes the use of deep pressure on the skin, heavy work to input muscle and joint awareness and movement through space in the form of play