Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Woven Care pediatric occupational therapy (OT) helps children strengthen the skills that are needed for everyday life.

Building skills for life

Occupational therapy helps children strengthen the skills that are needed for everyday life.

  • Occupational therapy aims to support and enhance the child’s ability to fully participate in everyday activities, from play to school activities to daily living tasks. The goals are individualized to meet each child’s unique needs and can encompass a variety of domains. 
  • We serve children who have difficulties effectively receiving, processing, and responding to sensory information.

What is OT? 

Occupational therapy uses play techniques to build a child’s foundation in sensory processing and integration, self-care, fine motor development, self-regulation, social-emotional development, and play skills, allowing for greater independence and ability. At Woven Care, occupational therapy aims to improve every day skills, which allows children with neurodevelopmental differences to become more independent and participate in desired activities.

What is the goal of Occupational Therapy? 

The goals vary based on each child’s unique developmental needs, but some goals and benefits of occupational therapy can include:

  • Introducing and improving skills so children can be independent as possible
  • Facilitating meaningful participation in activities 
  • Improving success in all aspects of life through adding tools, skills, to toolboxes
  • Social-emotional development and self regulation
  • Play skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Motor planning (creating, planning/organizing and executing movement patterns for every day activities)
  • Independent dressing and grooming
  • Eating and meal preparation
  • Using the bathroom
  • Fine motor skills such as drawing, painting, writing, or using scissors

Who delivers Occupational Therapy? 

An Occupational Therapist:

  • Master’s or Doctoral degree
  • Conducts evaluations and reevaluations
  • Designs and supervises OT programs

Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA)

  • Conducts Occupational Therapy sessions
  • Supervised by Occupational Therapists

How does Occupational Therapy differ from ABA?

Pediatric Occupational Therapy (OT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) are both common interventions used for children, particularly those with developmental challenges such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). However, they have different approaches and focus areas. Understanding these differences can help you decide which therapy, or combination thereof, might be best for your child.

  • Occupational Therapy: OT focuses on improving a child's ability to perform daily activities. This includes motor skills, sensory processing, and self-care tasks (like dressing and eating). OTs use a variety of methods to address these areas, often through play-based activities. They also work on social participation, environmental adaptation, and family education.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis: ABA, on the other hand, is primarily focused on improving specific behaviors. This is done through a structured approach that involves observing and analyzing behavior, then using various techniques to modify it. ABA is particularly known for its effectiveness in treating ASD, focusing on skills like communication, social skills, and reducing problematic behaviors.
Techniques and Strategies:
  • Occupational Therapy: In OT, therapists might use sensory integration techniques, fine and gross motor skill activities, and adaptive strategies to help children engage in daily life activities more effectively.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis: ABA therapists use strategies like positive reinforcement, discrete trial training, and task analysis to encourage desirable behaviors and reduce undesired ones.

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