What does a pediatric occupational therapist do?
An occupational therapist supports a child’s motor, social, sensory processing, play, and cognitive skills. Occupational therapists examine a child’s ability to function during daily routines which include sleeping, feeding, playing, potty time, dressing, bathing, and transitions. Following a comprehensive evaluation, the occupational therapist designs a treatment plan and teaches families how to incorporate learning opportunities into their day-to-day activities.
Our Occupational Therapists work with the Infant Teachers, families, and other professionals in the home or other designated environments that are natural and comfortable to the child, to assess development and to provide hands-on instruction as needed.
Our Occupational Therapists assess infant development levels as requested by the Regional Center for program planning.
They provide on-going monitoring or consultation services to clients as well as participate in chart reviews as a means to identify other areas of concern or recommend other services that may be indicated for the client.
They also assess and provide instruction in the following areas:
- Overall development
- Gross motor development
- Oral motor and feeding skills
- Fine motor development
- Sensory processing
- Upper extremity functions and needs for orthotics/splints
- Needs for referrals to other professionals or agencies