Occupational therapists can:

  • help kids work on fine motor skills so they can grasp and release toys and develop good handwriting skills

  • address hand–eye coordination to improve kids' play and school skills (hitting a target, batting a ball, copying from a blackboard, etc.)

  • help kids with severe developmental delays learn basic tasks (such as bathing, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, and feeding themselves)

  • help kids with behavioral disorders maintain positive behaviors in all environments (e.g., instead of hitting others or acting out, using positive ways to deal with anger, such as writing about feelings or participating in a physical activity)

  • teach kids with physical disabilities the coordination skills needed to feed themselves, use a computer, or increase the speed and legibility of their handwriting

  • evaluate a child's need for specialized equipment, such as splints, bathing equipment, dressing devices, or communication aids

  • work with kids who have sensory and attentional issues to improve focus and social skills

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