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Pediatric Occupational therapy


If you are a parent and concerned about your child’s development, you may be wondering if occupational therapy is right for your child. This comprehensive guide will answer all your queries about occupational therapy, including what it is, who can benefit from it, and what to expect during an evaluation.

Pediatric Occupational therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a therapy particularly designed to help children develop the skills they need to live their lives to the fullest. Children may face a wide range of challenges, including physical, cognitive, sensory, and social-emotional delays. 

Occupational therapists work with children to help them develop the skills they need to perform Activities of daily living, ADLs such as: 

  • Self-care skills (dressing, bathing, eating, etc.) 
  • Fine motor skills (handwriting, cutting, etc.) 
  • Gross motor skills (walking, running, jumping, etc.) 
  • Visual-motor skills (eye-hand coordination) 
  • Sensory processing skills 
  • Organizational skills 
  • Social-emotional skills 

Who Can Benefit from Occupational Therapy?

Any child who is struggling with any of the areas mentioned above can benefit from occupational therapy. OT can also be helpful for children with specific conditions such as:

What to Expect During a Pediatric OT Evaluation

The first step in pediatric OT is an evaluation. During the evaluation, the OT will assess your child’s skills and abilities in the areas that are of concern to you. The OT will also ask you questions about your child’s development and daily life. 

The occupational therapist may use a variety of assessment tools, such as standardized tests, observation, and interviews. The goal of the evaluation is to determine your child’s strengths and weaknesses and to identify any areas where they need additional support. Once the evaluation is complete, the therapist will develop a treatment plan for your child. The treatment plan will outline the specific goals that the OT and your child will work towards. 

What Happens During a Pediatric OT Session?

Pediatric OT sessions are typically fun and engaging for children. OTs use a variety of activities and games to help children develop the skills they need. Some common activities used in pediatric OT include: 

The specific activities that your child participates in may vary depending on treatment tailored to the child’s specific needs and goals.

How Long Will My Child Need Occupational Therapy?

that a child needs occupational therapy varies depending on the individual child’s needs. Some children may only need a few sessions of OT, while others may need long-term OT services. 

The therapist will personally work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that is appropriate for your child’s needs. They will also monitor your child’s progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed. 

Importance of early intervention

Early intervention is essential and extremely helpful for children struggling with developmental delays. The earlier a child receives OT services, the better their chances are of reaching their full potential.

If you are concerned about your child’s development, talk to our pediatrician or a pediatric occupational therapist right away. They can assess your child’s needs and recommend the appropriate services. 

Benefits and Importance of Emotional Support

Pediatric occupational therapy offers numerous benefits for your child, such as:

While there are no inherent risks associated with pediatric occupational therapy, your child may experience stress, fear, frustration, confusion, sore muscles, lack of interest, or avoidant behavior during the process. 

To mitigate these emotional responses, open communication between you, your child, and their therapist is crucial. Your child will feel more comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings without judgment, and their therapist can guide you on how to assist your child during their therapy. 

Pediatric Occupational Therapy in Dubai: Helping Kids Thrive

Welcome to Kids Neuro clinic’s occupational therapy department. We are here to support your child in reaching their full potential and fostering independence in daily activities, such as self-help skills, feeding, and dressing. Our child-friendly specialist programs are designed to cater to the unique needs of each child. 

We understand that some children may struggle with specific tasks, and we are dedicated to devising tailored treatment programs for them. In special circumstances, our therapists may even visit your child’s home or school to better understand the adaptations required to assist with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). 

Our pediatric occupational therapists are highly trained healthcare professionals with certification in occupational therapy and a specialization in pediatrics and child development to provide the best care for your child.