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Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention
From the time children are born until five years of age, their brains and bodies are rapidly developing, and they are learning to do all kinds of things, like rolling over, sitting up, walking, talking, and socializing. Sometimes, children are unable to meet important developmental milestones, and occupational therapists (OTs) can help. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), OTs have a “unique expertise to help children with and without social-emotional, physical, cognitive, communication, and adaptive behavior challenges” to achieve their highest potentials (AOTA, n.d.).
OTs work together with parents and children to create a plan that best suits each child and works to improve the child’s ability to participate and engage in all aspects of life, including the most important activity (occupation) for children: play! The earlier an OT is contacted, the better chance that a baby, toddler, or preschooler can benefit from their support and assistance. If your child is struggling, you can make an important difference in their life and your own by talking to your child’s primary care physician about OT. To visit with an Occupational Therapist, call (406) 683-3098.