Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners work with children and their families to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them.
Occupation refers to activities that may support the health, well-being, and development of children. For children occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills (e.g., school activities), be creative and/or derive enjoyment (e.g., play), and thrive (e.g., self-care and care for others) as both a means and an end.
Occupational therapy practitioners work with children of all ages (birth through young adulthood) and abilities.
Recommended interventions are based on a thorough understanding of typical development and the impact of disability, illness, and impairment on the individual child’s development, play, learning, and overall occupational performance.