Paediatric Occupational Therapist helps children to develop skills in the areas of Self Care, School and Play to improve their cognitive, physical, sensory and motor (fine motor and gross motor) skills and enhance their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. Therapy also includes a direct practice of the task, often with adaptations or modifications of the fine motor and self-care tasks (cutting, writing, tying shoes) that are difficult for the individual child.
Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT)
The three primary sensory systems are the tactile system(our ability to touch something and comprehend it), the vestibular system(involved in eye-hand coordination, balance and co-ordination) and the proprioceptive system(involved in determining special relationships with our body and the world around us). Sensory Integration is a term that describes the brain’s ability to take information from the senses, organize it and respond to it during experiences of daily life. The tactile system, the vestibular system and the proprioceptive system are involved in Sensory Integration Therapy.
SIT is activity based therapy where the child learns and improve in self-regulation, postural control, praxis and sequencing, eye/hand coordination, fine motor skill development, social and emotional development and academic learning.