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4 Common Conditions Treated with Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Compass Blog #025_By Abe Barcus

little girl and therapist playing with blocks

When it comes to children's health and well-being, early intervention plays a crucial role in addressing developmental challenges and ensuring growth. Pediatric occupational therapy (OT) is a specialized field that focuses on supporting children in overcoming various barriers that affect their everyday functioning and independence. Today, we will explore four common conditions that are effectively treated with pediatric occupational therapy.

1. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is “a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave” (NIH). Autism Spectrum Disorder is described as a “developmental disorder” because symptoms usually appear in the first 2 years of life. (NIH)

Through structured activities and individualized strategies, pediatric occupational therapists can help children with ASD enhance their communication, motor skills, and daily living abilities.

2. Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD is one of the most common mental disorders in children. According to the APA, symptoms of ADHD include “inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought)”.

Occupational therapy can be very beneficial to children with ADHD. OT can help children prepare and participate in various social situations. For children with ADHD, it can also help them with school, behavioral ethics, and performance. (Medical News Today)

3. Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Sensory Processing Disorder refers to difficulties in processing and responding to sensory information from the environment. Family Doctor describes SPD further as “Sensory information includes things you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch. SPD can affect all of your senses, or just one. SPD usually means you’re overly sensitive to stimuli that other people are not.” (Family Doctor).

4. Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

Developmental Coordination Disorder is characterized by difficulties in motor coordination and motor planning. “Children with DCD have difficulty mastering simple motor activities, such as tying shoes or going down stairs, and are unable to perform age-appropriate academic and self-care tasks” (Can Child).

Occupational therapists employ therapeutic exercises and activities to enhance children's coordination, balance, and spatial awareness. By addressing these challenges, occupational therapy promotes greater independence and participation in daily activities for children with DCD.

When it comes to finding the right support and care for your child's developmental challenges, Compass Community Health is here to provide comprehensive pediatric occupational therapy services. We understand that each child’s situation is unique, and our team of dedicated occupational therapists is committed to delivering the best possible care for each child. At Compass Community Health, we aim to enhance your child’s overall development, independence, and quality of life.


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