What is OT?
Don't worry, we know your child isn't probably looking for a job yet. In this case, "occupation" means whatever occupies your time. When a student participates in an initial evaluation with an occupational therapist (OT), he/she will ask the student and family what is most meaningful to them, and what are some of the barriers to them participating fully in those activities. This could be anything from self-care (feeding, getting dressed) to participating in school (social skills, attention, regulation), and more.
Occupational therapy services in pediatrics typically include;
an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the student’s goals,
customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
regular check-ins to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. For more information, watch the following videos for information on OT and sensory processing disorder as treated by occupational therapy.