Occupational therapy is the therapeutic use of self-care, work and play activities to increase independent function, enhance development and prevent disability, [and] may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance quality of life (AOTA, 1986). Sensory Integration is a specific therapeutic intervention that requires specific training. Occupational therapy can support children to:
- Improve writing and drawing skills.
- Improve strength and coordination.
- Improve fine motor, visual perceptual skills and self-care skills.
- Assist with increasing overall internal organization, focus, and attention.
- Improve sensory motor processing abilities.
- Improve body and safety awareness.
- Improve ability to problem solve.
- Improve social skills/ play skills with peer.
- Improve coping skills and work behaviors.