paediatric Treatment by Suzie Ankers
With so many children potentially benefiting from Occupational Therapy, it is important that parents seek out a therapist who is experienced with their individual child's needs. As a therapist I specialise in working with children with Sensory Processing Issues, ADHD, Autism, Attachment and Anxiety related conditions.
Some Therapists work to help children to develop the skills they need to do everyday tasks such as getting dressed, tying your shoe laces, paying attention, writing, drawing or learning. Many children find it difficult to get in the right zone so that they are able to learn. Some cannot stop moving and their behaviour maybe erratic and impulsive whilst others are zoned out and struggle not to fall asleep in class. Both these groups of children can benefit from support from an Occupational Therapist.
Occupational therapy treatment focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. OT can help children with various needs to improve their cognitive, physical, motor skills, enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, and Occupational Therapists can evaluate children's skills for playing, school performance, and daily activities and to compare them with what is developmentally appropriate for that age group.