Occupation refers to everything that people do during the course of their everyday lives. Occupations provide us with meaning and purpose, and are essential to our overall health and well-being. Occupational therapists help people to overcome the barriers that can occur if their ability to do the things that are important to them is impacted by a disability or injury.
Children, just like adults, have many occupations and roles in their lives. These may include being a family member, a friend, a playmate, and a student.
As a child’s primary occupation is play, the OT’s at Little Buddies use play as the medium to engage, build relationships, and develop a child’s skills in the areas of:
with peers, participation
in sports, hobbies & interests,
& extra-curricular activities
toileting, sleeping, and
school or daycare activities,
including tasks like printing
and peer relationships
and developing social
- Assess each child to determine their strengths and challenges;
- Collaborate with families or other professionals to set meaningful, realistic goals;
- Implement strategies that work for the individual; and
- Empower parents and other professionals to implement strategies at home, school and in the community.