Occupational therapy, to help your child become independent!

Occupational therapy is a medical-therapeutic paramedical specialty whose bases are medical, psychosocial and educational.

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What is an Occupational Therapist?

He is a health professional, like the speech therapist. He bases his practice on the link between human activity and health.
The occupational therapist can intervene at any time of life, from pediatric to geriatric cases, but children remain a particularly concerned public.
Among the situations most commonly encountered by occupational therapists, are different forms of autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, hemiplegia, victims of stroke, head trauma or certain rheumatoid cases.

When should your child see an occupational therapist?

Does your child seem to have a developmental delay or encounter difficulties in certain daily activities, in different areas such as autonomy, motor skills, behavior or socialization or even during games or academic activities?

  • The child has difficulty doing homework alone and is disorganized
  • The child is clumsy and writes badly
  • The child does not manage to pose his mathematical operations
  • The child lacks attention

The occupational therapist assesses the patient’s level of development in its various spheres: language, movements, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, socialization, etc.
The intervention of the occupational therapist aims to ensure that the child takes pleasure in carrying out his activities and that he is functional in daycare, at school, at home and in his leisure time. He uses various specialized techniques to help and accompany him in the practice of certain skills or activities. Most often this is done through enjoyable and motivating games or activities that allow the child to understand challenges and how to overcome them.

Some examples requiring consultation with an occupational therapy follow-up:

  • Difficulties with handling small objects and using tools such as pencils and scissors.
  • Writing difficulties (speed or quality).
  • Difficulty recognizing or copying shapes, doing puzzles and building with blocks.
  • Difficulty with changes and transitions.
  • Learning disability (dyslexia, dysorthographia, dyscalculia).
  • Developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia.
  • Specific writing disorder.
  • Attention deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity (ADD-H).
  • Dysphasia.
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The work of the occupational therapist focuses mainly on the realization by the child of the various activities related to his age.
The occupational therapist works closely with parents to determine what is most important to acquire for their child.
Most of the time, occupational therapists collaborate with other health professionals related to the patient’s disorders, such as speech therapists, psychologists, physiotherapists, or psychomotor therapists.

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