The occupational therapist supports children to participate and enhances their chosen physical activities viz. handwriting, playing, school activities, reading, dressing, eating, etc. They help children to achieve their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviours necessary for learning. They also play a crucial role in the treatment of a child with special need (viz. Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities down syndrome, etc) by helping a student to achieve independence in all areas of his life--cognitive, physical, and motor skills and building self-esteem. OT providers also address psychological, environmental, and social factors that may interfere with a child's ability to perform important learning and school-related activities.
Occupational Therapy (OT) is:
A type of health care that helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them.”
This often includes daily living activities like self-care (getting dressed, eating), working or studying, playing sports, participating in social activities, and more. In other words, an occupational therapist helps figure out why you can’t do what you would like to do and provide solutions to help solve this problem.
Both physiotherapists and occupational therapists are trained extensively in the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system resulting in both being knowledgeable about musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. Traditionally, Occupational Therapists have focused more on evaluating and improving a person’s functional abilities while Physiotherapists have tended to focus more on problems with movement.
Occupational therapists don’t treat specific conditions they are the experts in treating functional problems that may be related to certain conditions or symptoms. If you’re experiencing any change in functional abilities, an occupational therapist can help.