OT services

occupational therapy

Children with learning and behavioural disorders, developmental delays, visual and hearing impairments or physical disabilities need to learn how to become more independent and cope with daily activities like getting dressed, playing, walking, recognising, communicating or responding to others. These children may also be underesponsive/over responsive to the world around them. They may not give an expected reaction to a common stimulus such as touch, sound, smell etc. and thus can find the real world overwhelming or boring.

Occupational therapy helps children acclimatise to these stimuli, improve their life skills and motor abilities and increase their level of understanding about the world around them. At EduPlay Therapy we start by assessing any sensory issues the child may have and create a sensory profile. Post the assessment, a sensory diet is laid out and discussed with the parents. Various exercises and activities are included in this Sensory diet to ensure that child can meet his physical needs and achieve age appropriate goals.  Occupational Therapy at EduPlay Therapy addresses the following areas of concern:

Sensory Processing Skills:

Sensory integration therapy ensures that the child’s mind receives, interprets and acts on the input that his senses are providing him/her with and  that they can respond by meaningful actions .

Fine Motor Skills:

Fine motor skills are actions performed using smaller muscles such as pinching with your forefinger and thumb. A lot of everyday tasks (holding a spoon) and academic skills (holding a pencil) depend on fine motor skills being evolved.

Gross Motor Skills:

Gross motor skills are abilities that let us do tasks that involve large muscles in our torso, legs, and arms. They involve whole-body movements. Jumping, running, hopping are examples of gross motor skills.

Visual Skills:

Visual skills refer to the ability of a child to see and interpret the visual information that his surroundings provide. Any problems with the ability to see, understand and respond to can cause serious developmental issues. Visual skills also help children identify their surroundings and act accordingly, match and identify objects and imitate actions.

Memory and Cognitive Skills:

Memory– Children with developmental disorders struggle with the encoding, storage and retrieval of information in their memory. Occupational Therapy helps them exercise their short term memory and Long term memory.

Cognition– Cognition concerns the internal processing of information received from the senses; one aspect of this processing is memory.

Life Skills (Activities of Daily life):-

Each child needs basic self life skills to help them achieve independence in areas of personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, toilet hygiene, functional mobility and self feeding.

Handwriting Skills:

In certain children a disorder known as Dysgraphia emerges when the child is first introduced to writing. It refers to problems with the ability to write, regardless of the ability to read and is not caused by intellectual impairment. Occupational therapy can be used to overcome issues caused by such issues.

Play Skills:

Play skills are one of the most important skills a child can have,  it is only through play that children first interact and learn about the world around them. Play provides children a chance to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments.