Occupational Therapy vs. Physical Therapy For Kids

People often wonder what the difference between physical and occupational therapy as their roles often overlap and they frequently collaborate with one another. Even though their roles can overlap within the pediatric setting there are major differences between occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) which is often why your child may be referred to both an OT and a …

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Evaluation

Occupational Therapists have a protocol, called an evaluation, to making sure they have enough information about the child completely before developing the proper treatment plans. Gathering information about the child before therapy helps tailor the treatment plans more effectively. So what might be some things that an occupational therapist might want to know during an evaluation? Background Information: Most occupational …

The Use of Pressure & Weighted Vests in Occupational Therapy Treatments

Pressure Vests: Sensory pressure vests are an important aspect of a therapy setting where occupational therapists can use it for children who need a soothing approach to help reset their proprioceptive “feedback” mechanisms. This means that the pressure provided in these vests are both consistent and deep to stimulate the input for these children who have difficulty with proprioceptive and tactile …

Therapeutic Benefits of Yoga for Children in Occupational Therapy

The ancient methods of Yoga derived from the Indus Civilization during 5,000 B.C. Yoga has been widely recommended as a tool to help individuals feel a sense of balance both physically & mentally. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root word “yog” which means to join or “unite.” In recent studies, Yoga practices have been showing increasing benefits and …

What Conditions Do Pediatric Occupational Therapists Treat?

Most people are not aware what kinds of conditions pediatric Occupational Therapists treat. Pediatric Occupational Therapists work with a variety of patients that require assistance in a variety of areas, such as fine motor, sensory motor, cognitive reinforcement and self-help skills. When these skills are developed, it can enhance a child’s self-confidence and allow them to be successful in school. Occupational …

The Complete Guide to Pediatric Occupational Therapy

At Chicago Occupational Therapy, meeting the needs of families is a top priority. The best way to do this is by supplying families with exceptional resources and educational materials. Knowledge is power, but also the best support you can give your child in occupational Therapy. The newest book, What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy? An Illustrated Guide, helps both parents and …

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Terms; Q-Z

Qualifications An OT must graduate with a Masters’ level degree or higher from an accredited institution and be registered with the National Board Certification for Occupational Therapy and be licensed in the state of which they practice Quality of Life A measure of satisfaction with one’s life in the activities in which they do. Quality enrichment methods can include activities …

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Terms; M-P

Midline A median line dividing the two halves of the body. Crossing the midline is the ability to use one side of part of the body (hand, foot, or eye) in the space of the other side or part Modulation The brain’s ability to regulate its own activity which requires the internal ability to modulate a balance between neural inhibition …

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Terms; G-L

Graphomotor Skills Coordination between eyes and hand to perform pencil/paper tasks Gravitational Insecurity Extreme fear and anxiety that one will fall when one’s head position changes Gross Motor Movements of the large muscles of the body Gross Motor Skills Coordinated body movements involving the large muscle groups; for example, running, walking, hopping, climbing, throwing and jumping Habituation The neurological process …

Pediatric Occupational Therapy Terms; A-F

Adaptive Response An appropriate action in which the individual responds successfully to some environmental demand; requires good sensory integration and furthers the sensory integration process ADL/ADLs Activities of Daily Living Apraxia Difficulty coordinating motor planning movements Ataxia Incoordination of voluntary muscle movements Auditory Figure-Ground The ability to discriminate between sounds in the foreground and background, allowing us to focus on …