Welcome to OT4kidz, LLC!
We are a private occupational therapy practice providing quality, holistic OT services to children and their families throughout the Northern Virginia area.
What is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist ?
A pediatric occupational therapist (OT) is a specialist who works with children to improve their functional independence through purposeful activities. For a child these activities can include play, self-care (drinking from a cup, brushing their teeth, buttoning a button), socializing and communicating with family and other children, negotiating their environments such as home, school or the playground, and accessing their education. Occupational therapists are board certified and state licensed practitioners. Their extensive education gives them a knowledge base in anatomy and physiology, neurology, sensory and motor development. They are trained to analyze tasks or activities. This involves breaking down activities into components, and identifying the areas of weakness. For example, if a child struggles with feeding themselves or handwriting, an occupational therapist assesses all the components necessary for the child to be successful with this task, including sitting posture, core strength, shoulder stability, fine motor development, hand strength, and visual perceptual skills. These specialized skills allow a holistic approach to promoting and supporting a child's development. The overall goal of occupational therapy is to improve a child's independence and build their self-confidence for life long success.
What does an OT work on with a child ?
An OT focuses on restoring or enhancing the development of cognitive, social, physical, emotional and sensory processing skills. They work on improving fine motor skills, gross motor skills, postural control, sensory processing skills, reflex integration, motor coordination or motor planning (praxis), self-help skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, handwriting, social skills, coping skills, self-concept and behavior.
Should my child see an Occupational Therapist ?
If you have concerns with your child's development in the areas identified above, you should discuss it with your pediatrician as well as their teacher or day care provider . An occupational therapist can also assist by preforming a developmental screening or evaluation to determine if your child would benefit from OT services. All sorts of kids see an occupational therapist. Some have diagnosed disabilities or developmental delays, such as Autism (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder, Hypotonia (low muscle tone), Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury, Down Syndrome (genetic disorders), MD, Learning Disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia (difficulty writing), feeding disorders, and others may have mild delays or difficulties with motor coordination, handwriting, fine motor skills or behavior concerns.