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A Child’s Occupations: Work Hard.  Play Hard. 

Many people think of “occupation” as synonymous with job or career.  In occupational therapy, the term is used much more broadly, referring to activities that support the health, well-being, and development of an individual.  For children, these occupations are activities that enable them to develop life skills, learn, create, play, build friendships, and thrive.  A child’s occupations also include being part of a family and participating in the family’s  roles and routines. 

Our occupational therapists strive to increase a child’s participation in meaningful activities with the ultimate goal of improved quality of life.

Occupational Therapy, The Finding Your Balance Way

At Finding Your Balance, our occupational therapists use evidence-based practices to work with children, young adults, families, caregivers, and teachers to promote active participation in meaningful occupations, or activities.  Each child is viewed individually and holistically.  We learn about their physical, emotional, social, and psychological characteristics.  Essentially, we believe those we support are unique and who they are is important to us.  This allows us to help children participate in life’s everyday activities as fully and independently as possible.

Our therapy plans and interventions are created using thorough understanding of caregiver priorities, typical development, environmental factors (such as being at home, school, and out in the community) and the impact of a child’s strengths and challenges related to personal factors and performance skills and patterns. Finding the right balance in these components allows us to create a just right challenge that will promote success and growth.

Occupational Therapy Empowers

Our occupational therapists make it a priority to collaborate with parents, teachers, and other individuals within a child’s community of support.  Research confirms that family members are critical members of the child’s team, and occupational therapy practitioners often use parent training, education, and coaching strategies to support family members. 

Specifically, occupational therapists at Finding Your Balance can provide support related to activities such as:

  • Activities of Daily Living (ADLs): the things we do to take care of our self and our body, such bathing, toileting, hygiene/grooming, dressing, self-feeding, personal device care, functional mobility
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs): activities at home and in the community, such as meal prep, safety skills, financial management and shopping skills, home establishment and maintenance, and care for pets
  • Education: what we do when participating in formal and informal, academic (classroom and learning skills) and extracurricular (recess, after-school clubs) education-related activities and skills
  • Play and Leisure: identifying interests, enjoying many types of play (exploration, pretend, constructive, collaborative, and competitive), balancing play with other activities, obtaining, using, and maintaining toys and supplies
  • Social Participation: participation in activities resulting in enhanced interactions at the community, peer, and family level
  • Work: employment, pre-vocational, and volunteer activities

Occupational therapists address these concerns by assessing strengths and areas for support, then addressing obstacles to participation. For example:

  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills – our ability to effectively use the tiny muscles in our hands to the big muscles in our trunk, arms, and legs
    • Coordination
    • Strength
    • Motor Planning
    • Control
    • Balance
  • Executive Functioning – cognitive abilities that help us learn and navigate our day
    • Functional attention
    • Problem solving
    • Flexible thinking
    • Working memory
    • Emotional regulation
  • Sensory Processing & Self Regulation – making sense of and responding to the world around us
    • Interpreting, modulating, and organising sensations 
    • Forming adaptive responses
  • Social Skills – how we interact with family, friends, and people in the community
    • Initiating and closing interactions
    • Body language (gesticulating, looking, body placement and position)
    • Asks questions and replies to them
    • Self-advocacy
    • Perspective taking
  • Visual Motor & Perceptual Skills – making sense of the information our eyes gather and using it to tell our bodies what to do
    • Discrimination
    • Visual and sequential memory
    • Form constancy
    • Figure ground
    • Visual spatial relations

Contact us today to find out how we can help you find your balance!