Pediatric OTs look at how you do any kind of activity or task. Then come up with a plan to improve the way
you do it to make it easier or less painful. They use a variety of techniques and tools, such as sensory
integration therapy, play-based therapy, fine motor skill development, and adaptive equipment to help
children achieve their goals.
OTs skills or aspects that allow the child to perform these “jobs”:
• Motor Development and Motor Planning
• Feeding and Oral Motor skills
• Cognitive Development
• Visual Processing skills
• Sensory processing
• Social and emotional skills
• Social participation
• Executive functioning skills- organization, attention, working memory, planning, prioritization,
impulse control, and other skills
• Fine and gross motor skills
• Safety in the home and community
• Balance and coordination
With OT, kids can:
• Develop fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting or
• Improve eye–hand coordination so they can play and do needed school skills such as bat a ball and
copy from a blackboard.
• Learn basic life skills such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and self-feeding.
• Learn positive behaviors and social skills by practicing how they manage frustration and anger.
• improve attention and social skills to allow the development of interpersonal relationships.
Occupational therapists always strive to be evidence-based and client-centered in their practice. This means
that whatever assessments and treatments they use with your child are backed by research and experience
(evidence-based) and are specifically geared toward your child’s interests and needs.