Updated: Mar 22, 2021

According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy is a client-entered health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation.

The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or environment to better support their occupational engagement.

A child's life is also made up of occupations or daily activities, such as playing, learning, sleeping and resting, interacting with others, brushing teeth, getting dressed, etc. Paediatric Occupational Therapists support children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers.

Paediatric Occupational Therapists work with children and their families to help them succeed in activities of daily living by incorporating the occupations that are most important to them into the intervention process. By doing this, they enable children to become independent in all areas of life.

Occupational Therapy can help children who experience difficulties with:

  • Achieving age-appropriate developmental milestones

  • Interacting socially

  • Play skills

  • Gross and fine motor skills

  • Visual Perceptual skills

  • Sensory integration

  • Coping at school

  • Behaviour

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