The Occupational Therapy (OT) department at Stars focuses on helping children with a sensory, cognitive and developmental difficulties to be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. OT can help children with various needs improve their cognitive, physical, sensory, and motor skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Child's main job is playing and learning and occupational therapists can evaluate children skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group. Occupational therapist might be a part of multidisciplinary team or/and school team.
Children with these problems would benefit from Occupational Therapy:
- Sensory processing disorders
- Learning problems
- Autism/pervasive developmental disorders
- Mental health or behavioral problems
- Developmental delays
- Motor planning and motor co-ordination difficulties
Occupational Therapy helps to improve:
- Fine motor skills (grasp and release, eye-hand coordination and pre-writing, handwriting skills)
- Motor coordination (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)
- Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) such as getting dressed, brushing their teeth and feeding themselves etc.
- Behavioral difficulties (to maintain positive behaviors in all environments)
- Poor handwriting/slow written output
- Sensory and attentional issues (to improve focus and social skills)