Occupational Therapy for Young Children

A child's earliest years are filled with new stimulations and novel experiences that drive his or her cognitive, social, and physical growth.

The first 3 years of life are a critical time for brain development, especially if a child is delayed or restricted in development. Occupational therapists, as part of St. Joseph’s Foundation Early Intervention team can support a child to develop optimally and to reach their full potential.

Our early intervention service provides a range of therapy and support services to children from birth to 6 years old who have disabilities, or who are at risk for developing disabilities. Occupational therapy benefits children who are showing a delay in their development, children with specific conditions (e.g., Down syndrome, autism) and also with children with no clear diagnosis.

Occupational therapy can help improve a child’s motor, cognitive, sensory processing, social, and play skills. The therapist’s goal is always to enhance a child’s abilities and reduce the impact of developmental delay, and to help families to address the specific needs of their child.

Early intervention services are provided in the child’s natural environment and within naturally occurring routines and activities of the family’s day. These environments include home, school, or in the community.

The occupational therapy process involves assessment of motor skills, sensory processing and performance abilities.

The assessment process takes place across the home, school work and recreational environments.

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