Pediatric Occupational Therapists (OTs) and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) work with children to improve their quality of life, increase their ability to function independently and empower them to participate more actively in their environment. Pediatric OT practitioners are knowledgeable about stages of a child’s physical, mental, and behavioral development and about the appropriate milestones of development.
A child with delayed development may have difficulty with foundational motor and sensory skills needed in order to be successful in positioning, fine motor skills, play, and leisure skills, self-care and self-feeding. A child may struggle with cognitive, social and behavioral skills needed to understand relationships between people, objects, time, and space; and with developing problem-solving and coping strategies.
In the holistic view of the Occupational Therapist, the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the child, and the child and caregiver are an integral part of the therapy team. Occupational Therapists devise creative strategies for strengthening a child’s sensory and motor skills. They devise creative ways to modify a child’s environment to be more accessible for the child.
The COFK OT staff is a talented and committed group of professionals. In working with developmentally delayed children, they:
evaluate the child’s level of performance in critical developmental areas
observe the child’s home and determine how it may be modified to promote better development
develop a plan of treatment in coordination with other health care professionals treating the child
develop age-appropriate self-care routines and habits, play skills, and social/behavioral skills
recommend adaptive equipment to facilitate the development of age-appropriate abilities.
Compassion, respect, and commitment to a child’s improved quality of life and sense of empowerment drive our OT staff to give their best to patients each and every day.