Using Occupational Therapy Tips For Backpack Use

For 79 million school-age children in the U.S., academic demands and home-school communication requires the daily use of a backpack. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), more than 2,000 backpack-related injuries are reported in doctor offices and emergency rooms across the country each year. These injuries are related to a number of factors, most notably the result of …

How Chicago Occupational Therapy Can Help Kids With Handwritting

Learning to write is an important milestone for children; it marks a time in their development where they are able to communicate through an entirely new medium, and begins a lifetime of that communication. Handwriting is a complex process that requires a child to combine their language skills (what they’re writing) with their body posture, writing utensil grip, letter formation, …

Chicago Occupational Therapy’s Tips For Bedtime

The bedtime routine can be a struggle for many parents of younger children. Occupational therapists frequently work with kids whose functions and senses are benefitted from a good night sleep. Below are some tips from occupational therapists on making the bedtime routine more successful, leading to a better night sleep for everyone in the family! Goal: To establish a specific …

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 Chicago Occupational Therapy For Developing Handwriting At Home

Learning to write marks a milestone in a child’s development where they are able to communicate in a new way. Whereas learning the spoken word dominated the early years of their life, mastering the written word by learning to read and write begins a lifetime of communicating through a new medium. Handwriting is a complex process that requires a child …

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 …