Occupational Therapists at KidsAbility work with children and youth (birth to age 18) who are having difficulty doing an activity. An Occupational Therapist will consider the child, the activity and the environment to minimize the challenges and increase productivity.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists define an occupation as much more than a chosen career. Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of everyday life. Each of us have many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being. Occupational therapists believe that occupations describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. A child, for example, might have occupations as a student, a playmate, a dancer and a table-setter. Occupational Therapists are regulated health professionals, licensed with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
At KidsAbility, an Occupational Therapist’s focus is on helping children and youth to perform the activities (or occupations) of their daily life that are meaningful to them (self-care, productivity and leisure). They work with children and youth (birth to age 18) providing therapy in both individual and group sessions. Occupational Therapists not only work directly with the child but also in helping to provide families with the education, support and resources that they need. They also train and consult with others who are involved with the child.
What is Occupational Therapy at KidsAbility?
Occupational Therapists at KidsAbility work across all of our sites as an integral part of many teams such as:
- Seating and Mobility Services
- Augmentative Communication Services
- Developmental Coordination Team Services (Is your child clumsy?)
- Diagnostic Teams (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder)
At KidsAbility the occupational therapist will look at the child, the activity and the environment to discover why the child is having difficulty doing an activity.
An Occupational Therapist can help a child by:
For more information on Occupational Therapy
- Breaking down the activity into small steps and identifying the skills needed to do each step
- Identifying the child’s strengths and abilities
- Identifying the steps the child can and cannot do independently
- Helping the child develop necessary skills or teach them a new way to do the activity
- Suggesting ways to simplify the activity
- Suggesting and implementing adaptive equipment that will help the child to do the activity
- Suggesting and implementing changes in the environment that will support the child in doing the activity
- Coordinating with your child’s team at daycare or preschool; working together with other health care professionals (ie. physiotherapy, speech and language pathology) and community partners