For most people, when they hear “occupational therapy,” they don’t immediately think of kids. They typically think of adults—kids, after all, don’t have occupations. Though this is true, there is such a thing as occupational therapy for kids, and it is a treatment that can yield life-changing results. It can help improve cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills, as well as build confidence and social skills.  

At FUNctionabilities, occupational therapy is one of the main types of therapies we use to help children master day-to-day tasks. If your child is having difficulty with everyday activities and is experiencing challenges that seem to be unique to your child, you may want to consult with an occupational therapist. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatric therapy specialist.

Read on to learn if occupational therapy may be a good fit for your child.

Developmental Delays

Developmental delays can be hard to identify, especially if your child is not around other children or you are unfamiliar with the time frame of typical developmental milestones. It’s important to remember that true delays go beyond simply being behind in a skill—it’s a combination of crucial skills. If your child is facing developmental delays, you may have observed the following:  

  • Your child is unable to sit, crawl, or walk by a generally expected time.
  • Your child is not learning and understanding at the appropriate time.
  • Your child is not able to play and socialize age-appropriately with other children.

Fine Motor Skills

Movements made with the hands, fingers, toes, lips, and tongue are considered your motor skills. Parents who have children who are facing fine motor skill delays typically will likely notice the following:

  • Your child finds it hard to use pencils and other writing instruments.
  • Your child hasn’t developed a dominant hand.
  • Your child is unable to use silverware and other utensils.
  • Your child finds tasks involving buttons, zippers, and strings extremely difficult.

Gross Motor Skills

Whereas fine motor skills involve smaller muscles and body parts, gross motor skills involve the larger muscles that help us move, balance, coordinate, and control our posture and body. These skills pertain to the way we use our arms and legs. If your child has issues with gross motor skills, you might have noticed that:

  • Your child has trouble coordinating both sides of the body and differentiating between right and left.
  • Your child is unable to stay balanced or handle balls.
  • Your child is fearful of leaving the ground and can’t go up and down stairs

At FUNctionabilities we have created a sensory-rich environment that is tailored toward helping children who are facing the above-listed difficulties. Utilizing our evidence-based therapy and methods, we strive to create a stress-free, empowering environment that makes life for your child easier. We make therapy fun so your child is “Learning to Play” and “Playing to Learn.”

In addition to occupational therapy, we also offer feeding therapy, speech therapy, and massage therapy. Contact us today to learn more!