What is Pediatric Occupational Therapy?

Michele Schwartz, MS, OTR/L

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children who have disabilities with daily activities to reach their full potential in school, at home, and in all areas of their lives. 

Pediatric occupational therapists also help kids develop developmental skills like writing, drawing, and coloring. 

They use games, puzzles, arts and crafts, or other activities to help children acquire these new or lost skills.

So often I get asked. How can you be an occupational therapist with children? They don’t have jobs! No, they don’t have jobs, but they do have occupations!

Pediatric occupational therapists (OTs) work on improving a child’s development in a variety of settings

Including: – hospitals and clinic – early childhood education program – in the home – schools or preschool – neonatal intensive care unit – telehealth

The variety of settings is one of the things that makes pediatric occupational therapy a great profession.

Read More: