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  • December 2019

    Occupational Therapy sessions focus on improving learning work behaviors, gross motor skills, fine motor coordination, visual perceptual skills, perceptual motor skills, sensory processing, and self help skills. The following are some examples of each area and activities that are being worked on during the sessions: 

    • Learning work behaviors: visual focus on tasks, participation, cooperation, following directions, play skills, social skills, 
    • Gross motor skills: balance, endurance, upper body strengthening and coordination, sitting posture, ball skills 
    • Fine motor skills: hand and finger strengthening exercises, pencil and crayon grasp (use of grips, broken smaller size crayons), grasp of small objects, scissor skills, bilateral hand integration (stringing beads, lacing, push/pull beads) 
    • Visual perceptual/perceptual motor skills: puzzles, matching and sorting, pre-writing skills, imitation and copying skills, drawing a person 
    • Self help skills: removing and putting on jacket, socks and shoes, buttoning/unbuttoning, zipper/unzip, snaps, snack/lunch handling utensils, opening juice boxes/snack containers, unpacking and packing backpack 
    • Sensory processing: 
      • vestibular input (trampoline jumping, swing, scooter board exercises, movement exercises) 
      • proprioceptive input (bouncing on large therapy ball, compression vest, seat cushion, pushing/pulling heavy objects) 
      • Tactile stimulation (manipulating various textured objects such as putty, clay, finger paints, shaving cream on table, bins filled with rice or beans) 

    Children can benefit from participating in various seating positions while playing with toys and objects. These positions include laying on the floor on their stomach with elbows propped, standing at the table or desk while performing table top activities, sitting on floor in cross-legged, side sitting, kneeling, and side lying on the floor. Participating in theses positions works on improving their attention, postural endurance, strengthening, and coordination. Participating in outdoor play, playground, sports, movements such as jumping, spinning, etc. all provide sensory input and improves the children’s sensory regulation. 

    Shital Patel
    Occupational Therapist