OT focuses on helping children develop the skills they need to be successful in their occupational roles. The primary focus is helping children develop sensory and motor foundations necessary to master developmental tasks related to feeding, dressing, hygiene, play, and interactions with others. Occupational Therapists use fun, purposeful, goal-directed activities to facilitate growth and development. Within the context of play, the therapist creates the opportunities that are necessary to promote function, competency, and the mastery of skills. The therapist creates the "just right challenge" for the child and utilizes the child's own motivation to engage in purposeful and meaningful activities. While therapy is definitely "work" for the child, it may not appear to be. In fact, when the therapy looks like fun, and when the child is totally engaged and playful is when the therapy is the most beneficial.
Services Provided by Occupational Therapists