Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Your child’s occupations are the activities and tasks they do every day. Some children struggle to handle some of these tasks due to developmental delays, disabilities, or sensory processing disorders. Pediatric occupational therapy can identify your child’s abilities and limitations and address these with proven treatment methods. Your child will love working on their skills in a motivating and supportive environment where therapy feels as fun as playtime.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric occupational therapy is a specialized treatment for children who struggle to handle daily tasks due to a developmental delay or disability. Your child will work with an occupational therapist (OT) on different activities and exercises that can help them improve areas of their development that are necessary for their independence.

Why Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy helps with many areas of development such as:

  • Fine motor skills – the small movements needed to tie shoes, write, self-feed, etc.
  • Cognitive skills – the ability to pay attention, understand others, learn, remember information, solve problems, and other thinking skills.
  • Social and emotional skills – needed to understand social cues and rules, good manners, how to play well with other children, and how to cope with feelings like sadness or anger in healthy ways.
  • Sensory processing skills – the ability to manage physical and emotional responses to sensory input, such as loud noises, itchy clothes, new foods, etc.

Children with a disability or an occupational delay may struggle with one or more of these areas. This can lead to trouble taking care of their own needs, doing well in school, and making friends. Early intervention is key to ensuring your child can grow, learn, and handle their needs independently.

What Are the Benefits of Occupational Therapy?

When your child participates in routine occupational therapy sessions, they can experience a ton of great benefits such as improved self-confidence, better ability to socialize with other children, improved academic performance, stronger ability to participate in their own self-care, improved focus, attention, and other thinking skills, and increased independence.

How Can I Tell if My Child Needs Occupational Therapy​

Often, the most common sign that a child needs occupational therapy is behavioral struggles. If you find yourself frequently wondering why your child is acting a certain way, it could indicate a need for occupational therapy. Some other common signs of an occupational delay include:

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Contact Us for More Information

Do you have any questions about our therapy services? Give us a call today at (936) 293-8800 or fill out the form below. Our staff will be happy to get you the answers you’re looking for.

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