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Occupational therapy (OT) is a type of care that promotes skills and abilities for the “jobs” of daily living. It helps people be able to do the everyday tasks that are important to them.
For children, this may mean reaching developmental milestones, succeeding at school, or being able to do age-appropriate activities on their own.
Occupational therapy helps children do the “jobs” of childhood. These include playing and learning to do things for themselves. Children gain confidence as they learn to be more independent.
Occupational therapy includes exercises and activities to work on daily skills and to be more independent. Occupational therapy in children may focus on:
Occupational therapists are licensed health professionals with a college degree in occupational therapy (OT). They may work in hospitals, clinics, schools, and homes.
OT may be available through an early intervention program. This is a program for children from birth to 3.
OT may also be offered in schools within an individualized education program (IEP).
Ask your health care team to help you find a pediatric occupational therapist, a therapist who works with children.
Reviewed: May 2023