Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) help children who have difficulties with tasks requiring small- and large-motor coordination. An OT can help your child overcome practical challenges such as difficulty using scissors, pens, pencil and paper, or self-care such as tying shoelaces, or with hand-eye coordination needed to catch a ball or copy from a blackboard. An OT can also work with your child to help overcome problems with handwriting.

If your child has qualified for services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA), the school will provide OT services to the extent they are required to meet your child's educational goals as set forth in his Individualized Education Plan. The scope of the school-based therapy is limited to your child's functioning within the educational environment and his ability to perform tasks or participate in activities required of him at school.

These will ordinarily be typical classroom objectives such as improving handwriting or learning to work with tools such as scissors or other classroom materials. The OT may also suggest modifications to the classroom environment or the use of assistive technology, such as a keyboard, to help your child achieve success.

  1. Home
  2. Parenting Children with Dyslexia
  3. Beyond Reading — Therapies for Related Issues
  4. Occupational Therapy
Visit other About.com sites: