What is Occupational Therapy?

Pediatric Occupational Therapists seek to enable children of all ages to participate in daily activities by helping them develop their motor, cognitive, social and adaptive skills.

It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play and to learn about their environment. Play helps to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments. Nearly one third of people employed in the profession of occupational therapy work with children, helping them master the “occupations” of childhood — learning, sleeping, feeding/eating, playing and growing.

Supporting Littles specializes in Early Intervention (0-3 years old). Some examples of presenting difficulties that may indicate your little one could benefit from Occupational Therapy are if She or He:

  • Has difficulty using a pincer grasp to pick up cheerios.
  • Experiences moments of clumsiness or balance problems.
  • Excessively seeks out or avoids movement (on things such as swings, slides and merry-go-rounds).
  • Seems overly sensitive to touch and/or clothing.
  • Has a low attention span, is easily distracted or is hyperactive.
  • Only eats crunchy foods or only eats soft foods.
  • Has an awkward utensil grasp.
  • Has low self-esteem, fear of failure or behavioral problems.
  • Has restless sleep.