Occupational Therapy for Children aims to promote children’s development in partnership with parents and relevant others by assisting them to develop the essential foundation skills and more complex abilities to maximise success in tasks learnt throughout childhood and into adult life. Occupational Therapists use the media of play and activity to promote skill achievement in normally developing children or to assist children with a wide range of developmental and learning challenges to develop:
- Early developmental milestones and foundation skills so that more challenging tasks can be learnt and developmental stages achieved.
- Maturity in central nervous system responses.
- Sensory processing skills, which include the ability to receive and make sense of information through touch, hearing, taste, smell, vision or movement, and to respond appropriately to such sensory stimuli.
- Appropriate behaviours and play, social and relationship skills, concentration, attention and organisational skills.
- Competency in fine motor tasks, writing preparation and handwriting skills and other visual-motor, eye-hand and bilateral coordination tasks for purposeful activity.
- Muscle tone, postural strength, bilateral skills, motor planning, and improved gross motor and coordination skills.
- Skills for academic tasks and achievement.
- Independence in routine or self-care tasks such as feeding or toilet training.
Occupational Therapists use standardised and non-standardised assessment to determine a child’s baseline abilities at the time of assessment, and to determine progress made over time. They have skills in supporting parents to manage behavioural, academic and developmental concerns arising in their children, and use a family-oriented and solution-focused approaches in working with parents.
Occupational Therapists at Integrate hk are registered by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.
Refer to an Occupational Therapist when:
- Your child is not achieving
- Behaviour is not easily explained
Parents, school professionals or others are concerned and seeking ideas.