Picking Toys for Kids, Using Chicago Occupational Therapy’s Guide

Play is critical for children, as it is one of their most important occupations. It is through play that young children begin to discover their world around them, build language and social relationships, and develop the fine and gross motor skills that will serve them their entire lives. Occupational Therapists are highly trained professionals who work with children to enhance …

Partnership for Success: Occupational Therapists and School Professionals

Occupational therapists are highly-trained professionals who work in a variety of environments for different needs. School-based occupational therapists are critical in helping ensure that children are able to meet their full potential when it comes to academic activities. These functions may include the fine motor skills required for handwriting, cutting with scissors, or physical and sensory organizational skills that will …

Chicago Pediatric Occupational Therapy and Autism

For a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), participation in daily life activities may require extra support, depending on his or her age and level of independence. Autism may affect a child’s ability to meet developmental milestones, participate in play activities, make friends, and follow appropriate social behavior. When a child is diagnosed with autism, it affects the whole family, …

What to Expect When Visiting a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Program

Pediatric Occupational Therapists are trained professionals who are experts in working with children with developmental disorders that may affect their fine and gross motor skills and/or cognitive skills. The therapy they provide can help children improve their ability to participate in everyday activities, such as writing with a pencil, getting dressed, jumping, and climbing. Occupational therapy can be critical in …

Tips from an OT for Developing Handwriting At Home

Learning to write is a fun and exciting time for your child as they learn to communicate in a new way! Handwriting is important for daily life skills across the lifespan and for academic success. Handwriting is a complex process that requires a variety of skills all used simultaneously. Your child will need good posture, grasp skills, hand-eye coordination, hand …

Chicago Pediatric Occupational Therapy Treatment Programs

Occupational therapy is the process by which people of all ages rehabilitate their fine and gross motor skills and/or cognitive skills in order to improve their ability to function in everyday activities. Pediatric occupational therapists are highly trained professionals who determine the best course of treatment for your child. Frequently, traditional methods of therapy are best suited for many children …

What is the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)?

AOTA stands for the American Occupational Therapy Association, which is a member-based organization that exists to support the field of occupational therapy (OT). The AOTA was established in 1917 and is comprised of staff, volunteers, and occupational therapists, who together support the field through advocacy, education, and research. The AOTA, based in Bethesda, Maryland, estimates around 42,000 members from all 50 …

How Long Will My Child Need Occupational Therapy?

For a parent who is new to the world of pediatric therapy, there is a lot of information that can be overwhelming. Learning the ins and outs of therapy can be confusing and daunting. One of the most common questions parents ask is, “How long will my child need occupational therapy?” To many parents’ frustration, the answer is, “It depends.” Each child …

Pediatric Disorders: How Occupational Therapy Can Help

Occupational therapy is the process by which people of all ages improve their ability to participate in everyday activities (occupations). For the pediatric population, this type of therapy is critical to help children participate fully in school activities and social play. Fine and gross motor movements are critical to success in school and a child’s overall life. Writing with a …

Feeding and Oral-Motor Development Milestones

Oral-motor development is the process by which a child’s oral structures, such as the lips, tongue, and teeth, begin to work together to accomplish a variety of important tasks, such as eating and speaking. Proper motor skills for eating is important for a child’s nutrition. As a child grows, their nutritional needs will no longer be met solely by breast …