How Occupational Therapy Can Benefit Children

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The things a child learns from an early age will have an impact on his or her future, as will environmental factors. It’s not just the things around them that can change their prospects though, because hereditary conditions and genes can affect a child’s ability to perform well in school, behave well around other children and perform the simplest of tasks. Occupational therapy is a form of therapy that requires a combination of treatment and assessment to aid children in living as normal a life as possible. Whether your child needs to develop certain skills or needs to recover following a trauma, accident or illness, it’s worth looking into the advantages of working with an occupational therapist.

Behavioural and Mental Health Problems

It is not uncommon for some children to have behavioural problems, such as poor concentration, anger issues, depression, anxiety and learning difficulties. Mental health problems may arise as a result of hereditary conditions, or due to a previous trauma, whether it is related to an injury or the death of a loved one. Speaking with someone who offers occupational therapy will provide the child with an opportunity to speak their thoughts and adjust their behaviours. Habit disorders, like sucking the thumb and nail biting, are some other examples of situations that an occupational therapist will be able to deal with.

Injuries and Post-Surgical Conditions

Occupational therapy also covers injuries and post-surgical conditions.  Orthopedic injuries and broken bones can make it a challenge for children to lead a normal life.  In addition to this, burns, brain or spinal cord injuries, and post-surgical conditions can also have an impact on someone’s life. A therapist can help children stay positive during the difficult times and if specialist equipment is required, such as a wheelchair, dressing devices or splints, they will be provided. Whatever makes life easier for the child, the therapist will focus on.

Coordination Skills for the Disabled

Disability from birth can make tasks like climbing the stairs, using a computer and perfecting handwriting near impossible for some children. Occupational therapy for disabled children will require the therapist to teach the child coordination skills. Examples of basic coordination skills that can make a big difference to a child’s life include hand-eye coordination and bilateral coordination. Bilateral coordination can be taught in playgrounds, such as by teaching a young boy or girl to pull themselves up on equipment in a playground and play games as part of a team, etc.

The workers and volunteers at CPL can assist disabled children with occupational therapy. Call 1800 275 753 if you have questions.

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