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Beverley Goldstone

Licensed Occupational Therapist


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Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor skills at home, at school and socially.  Occupational therapy helps children with learning and developing life skills, play, self-care and learning to relate to their peers and adults.

OT for Kids:  How Can Occupational Therapists Help?

OT for kids can assist in the following ways:

  • Achieving developmental milestones e.g. sitting, grasping objects, crawling etc.

  • Self-care e.g dressing skills

  • Social skills – playing with other children

  • Fine motor skills e.g. opening and closing fastenings on shirts, trousers, shoes etc.

  • Graphomotor skills e.g. colouring, writing

  • Visual perception i.e the ability to see and interpret the visual information around us

  • Upper extremity injuries e.g. Erb’s palsy

  • Gross motor skills e.g. learning to skip rope

  • Motor planning i.e. the ability to have an idea, plan how to achieve the idea and then perform it.                         

  • Executive functions e.g. attention, organizational issues etc. often assisted by using the Cog-fun approach

  • Sensory processing issues

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