Does your child have an occupational therapist? Check out this informative article (small excerpt located below) about what to expect from your occupational therapist.
Occupational therapy (OT) and rehabilitation deals primarily with the many muscles responsible for wrist, hand, and finger movements, muscles involved in facial expressions, and tongue movement and swallowing reflexes. Occupational therapists are trained in the rehabilitation of these muscle groups to help patients acquire or improve daily living skills needed for self-care, work, and play.
Occupational therapy uses a regiment of exercises, adaptive equipment, and training to help a child achieve the fine motor and life skills needed in work and play, further assisting a child in realizing goals and independence.
This type of therapy can be especially helpful to children with cerebral palsy, but any child experiencing challenges with swallowing, using eating utensils, holding and manipulating a pencil, dressing, or playing with small objects will benefit from occupational therapy.