April is national OT awareness month! Occupational therapists are licensed, board certified, healthcare professionals working to help people of all walks reach their fullest potentials or “occupations” in life. The occupational therapists at the Aspire Pediatric Therapy offices help children with challenges in their lives do just that!
Since one of the occupations of children is play, interventions implemented in OT at Aspire Pediatric Therapy are play-based. Kids and parents love the friendly, theme-based artwork on the wall when arriving at any of the four Aspire Pediatric Therapy offices around the Pittsburgh area. Of course, much of the art displayed is the work of developing little hands and fingers as they create their masterpieces. Occupational therapists know that through cutting, snipping, coloring, and pasting, they are developing the strength, coordination, and dexterity needed in their hands to successfully complete daily activities of living.
The daily activities of living for kids are learning to complete self-help skills like buttoning, zippering, completing fasteners, shoe tying, using utensils to eat and draw, and grooming skills. Daily activities of living for kids also means learning social skills, academic skills, and playing.
The scope of pediatric occupational therapy offered by OT professionals is also available at your local children’s hospitals, pre-schools and schools, and early intervention programs.
At Aspire Pediatric Therapy we see kids with referrals in areas of developmental delays, fine motor delays, difficulties with bilateral integration and coordination, muscle weakness, visual delays, oral motor and feeding difficulty, and sensory processing. Delays or challenges in any of these areas may affect skills needed in activities of daily living or our “occupations” in life.
At some point in a life span, from birth through growing old into our “golden years,” chances are an occupational therapist will be there to teach, educate, modify or adapt, to help you or your children reach possibilities and goals that you thought unattainable!
April is national OT awareness month. During this month the blog at Aspire Pediatric Therapy will bring to you ongoing tidbits and history of the profession of occupational therapy, as well as some fun engaging activities, games, and strategies that occupational therapists use therapeutically. Please continue to follow us on our blog, as we celebrate occupational therapists everywhere, celebrating and embracing the fullest potential of lives!