Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Questions? Give us a call anytime at 708-478-1820 or schedule a free screening below.

What do OT’s do?

  • OT’s are trained at identifying barriers that restrict a child’s success or independence in completing everyday “occupations”
  • What is a child’s “occupation”? With OT, kids CAN
    • Play independently 
    • Be successful in school
    • Easily adapt to change and problem solve
    • Complete self-care tasks
    • Effectively communicate to maintain great relationships with family and friends (social skill example- we can change this if necessary)
    • Learn beneficial behavioral skills, such as accountability, empathy, concentration, and self-esteem

Why would my child need OT?

Fine motor skills - precise hand movements

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Holding pencil/crayon
  • Manipulating toys/small objects
  • Clothing fasteners 

Bilateral Coordination - using both hands or arms together to complete tasks

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Throwing/catching a ball
  • Pull/push toys
  • Crafting (cutting, glueing, etc…)

Visual-Motor Skills - hand-eye coordination 

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Handwriting (letters/numbers)
  • Drawing/coloring
  • Cutting
  • Ball skills

Visual Perceptual Skills - the ability of the brain to understand what the eye is seeing

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Reversing letters/numbers
  • Visual scanning (example instead that doesn’t use the medical term)
  • Sorting

Self Care - activities of daily living

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Dressing
  • Eating 
  • Bathroom hygiene
  • Chores
  • Planning
  • Decision making

Sensory Processing - ability to receive and respond to aspects of our environment

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Sensitivities to:
    • Sights
    • Sounds
    • Movement
    • Taste
    • Touch 
    • Smell


Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Core Strength
    • Sitting still or sitting without support
    • Climbing/running/jumping
    • Balance
    • Frequent falls
  • Arm/Hand Strength
    • Turning doorknobs
    • Opening containers
    • Holding a pencil
    • Carrying multiple objects
    • Maintaining hold on objects

Range of Motion - the amount of movement a joint or body part has

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Limited movement in hands/arms, head, legs, or other body parts
  • Difficulty straightening limbs 

Emotional Regulation - the ability to control one’s own emotional state

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Managing fear/anxiety
  • Understanding emotions
  • Frequent Outbursts
  • Calming down

Social Skills - interaction and communication skills

Tasks that might be difficult:

  • Interacting with others (peers, siblings)
  • Following routines (school/home)
  • Handling change/transitions
  • Paying attention  

Great Feedback from Great Families

BDI Playhouse has exceptional therapists... my son was evaluated at BDI and received Occupational Therapy - and loved his therapist at BDI! I cannot say enough about the entire staff. Qualified, caring, exceptional people."

Getting Started With Occupational Therapy

Still not sure? Learn more about whether your child needs therapy here