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Occupational Therapy is often referred to as OT. Pediatric OT uses creative and meaningful tasks to help a child fully participate in daily life. These everyday activities are called activities of daily living.

Occupational Therapists help children achieve milestones such as self-feeding, dressing, reading, writing, playing with toys, interacting with peers and playing in multiple types of environments.

An Occupational Therapist may evaluate and treat the following:

  • Fine Motor Skills (hand skills)
  • Feeding Skills / Feeding therapy
  • Handwriting
  • Self-care Skills
  • Play and Social Skills
  • Sensory Processing
  • Upper Body and Trunk Weakness
  • High or Low Muscle Tone
  • Visual Perceptual or Ocular-motor Skills
  • Positioning or Adaptive Equipment
  • Reflex Integration
  • Executive Functioning

Occupational Therapy Credentials

An occupational therapist (OT) must be a graduate of an accredited educational program. All occupational therapists must have a current license issued by their state board.

An occupational therapy assistant (COTA) must be a graduate of an accredited educational program and must have a current license issued by their state board. A COTA can provide treatment, but they cannot perform an evaluation or establish a treatment plan. When a COTA provides treatment, they are supervised by an OT through consultation. The patient must be evaluated again by the OT at least monthly.