What is occupational therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a blend of art and science concerned with the "occupation" of daily living. Occupation is a term that is most often reserved for employment or on the job skills; however, to an occupational therapist, occupation is "any skills needed for the job of living." Some of these living skills include: dressing, grooming, toileting, bathing, self feeding, meal preparation, home making, caring for children, caring for pets, shopping for groceries, driving, maintaining safety, etc. "Play" is a child's work and an
occupational therapist who works with children is interested in helping a child to develop play skills for development.
Occupational Therapy at PTS:
Our occupational therapists provide a skilled service that identifies, through evaluation, the key components that disable a child. The OT also identifies the patient's strengths and builds on them to further function. Through specialized treatment, we strive to improve such components which may include but are not limited to:
• fine motor skills
• upper body strength and coordination
• self-help skills, such as feeding, dressing, and bathing
• attention difficulties
• sensory integration disorders
• personal behavior modulation
• following directions and problem solving
• positioning, adaptive equipment
• upper body splinting to prevent poor posturing and improve functional mobility