Difficulties in the ability to interact with people and objects in their environment are noted to impact their performance in a play, social relationships, learning, and activities of daily living skills.
The occupation of childhood is to develop the skills necessary to become functional and independent adults. The areas assessed and treated in occupational therapy include, but are not limited to: Regulation of arousal level in order toattend; Refinement of sensory discrimination and processing; continual refinement and development of fine motor skills (including handwriting); Age appropriate self-care skills; Self-concept and Cognitive functions.
Theexpectations for the level of development through therapy & treatment of any of these skills will vary depending on the age of the child. It is important to remember that all of these skills are developing concurrently. Impairment of one area is likely to stunt development in other areas.
At Me Center, the play is the media most often used in the occupational therapist’s treatment of children. It is highly motivating and a natural media used by allchildren. Education and involvement of the family are critical to success, and is therefore always a part of the therapy session.