Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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

What is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT)?

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 
  • Learn beneficial behavioral skills, such as accountability, empathy, concentration, and self-esteem  

Why would my child need OT?

Fine motor skills

precise hand movements
  • Holding pencil/crayon
  • Manipulating toys/small objects
  • Clothing fasteners

Bilateral Coordination

using both hands or arms together to complete tasks
  • Jumping jacks
  • Throwing/catching a ball
  • Pull/push toys
  • Crafting (cutting, glueing, etc…)

Visual-Motor Skills

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

Visual Perceptual Skills

the ability of the brain to understand what the eye is seeing
  • Reading
  • Puzzles
  • Reversing letters/numbers
  • Visual scanning (example instead that doesn’t use the medical term)
  • Sorting

Self Care

activities of daily living
  • Dressing
  • Eating 
  • Bathroom hygiene
  • Chores
  • Planning
  • Decision making

Sensory Processing

ability to receive and respond to aspects of our environment

Sensitivities to:

  • Sights
  • Sounds
  • Movement
  • Taste
  • Touch 
  • Smell


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
  • 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

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