" fine motor skills and hand eye co-ordination"
The primary goal of Occupational Therapists (OTs) is to enable children to participate in the activities of everyday life. This means helping children achieve their developmental milestones such as fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It also involves educating and involving parents, carers and others to facilitate the normal development and learning of children. The focus of intervention is using children's everyday activities and modifying activities and environments to better suit a child's needs. Some of the areas covered are:
- managing sensory sensitivities
- behavioral and co-ordination difficulties
- designing support programs that allow children to use their skills and strengths optimally
OTs are usually engaged if the a child has difficulties with play, managing transitions, self care, or school work tasks such as concentrating and writing or has sensory difficulties
Watch this great video by the Raising Children Network that explains how an Occupational Therapist can help children on the autism spectrum. The original video can be found here.