Occupational therapy involves targeted activities like performing specific tasks using various body parts, to stimulate certain areas of the brain. This is aimed at improving limitations or impairments that an individual might have. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to live as fully and independently as possible in day to day life activities.
Pediatric occupational therapists help children develop skills in the areas of self-care, school and play, which are a child’s main areas of occupation, by supporting children and enabling them to achieve their maximum potential. Pediatric occupational therapists indirectly work on developing confidence, self-esteem, social skills, play skills and general well-being. Based on the holistic approach under the KIDS Program©, occupational therapy at Dubai Homeopathy Health Center is aimed at improving the child’s overall health by addressing the core causes behind their limitations.
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Since each child is unique, occupational therapy practices are tailored individually. Some practices employed depending on individual needs are:
Depending on the suitability, occupational therapy at DHHC is employed under the STEPS Program for children with the following challenges:
Occupational Therapy can help children overcome challenges in the following areas:
Are tasks that we do everyday like dressing, grooming, feeding, toileting etc. Many children find it challenging to complete these tasks affecting their quality of life. Occupational therapy helps find the root cause behind ADL difficulties and helps the child achieve them.
Many children these days are challenged with the ability to focus on their surroundings, in the class-room or even to what their parents tell them. Occupational therapy, particularly sensory integration therapy, addresses these issues extensively.
Coordination is the ability to efficiently use all resources, physical, mental and emotional, in order to complete a task. Impairment in coordination leads to wasted effort and inefficiency. By working on coordination an occupational therapist greatly enhances a child’s ability to perform tasks.
Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the ability to coordinate small muscles in movements and usually involves synchronized use of hands, fingers and eyes.
Gross motor skills are the ability to perform coordinated movements using the arms, legs, and other large body parts. They participate in actions such as running, crawling, swimming, etc.
Social skills comprise the ability to communicate and interact with others, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance, in a meaningful way.
Sensory integration is the process of receiving information through our senses, organizing this information, and using it to participate in everyday activities.