Occupational therapy can help children improve their fine motor development, visual motor skills, sensory motor skills, play, and independence. Children may need occupational therapy when there are challenges with developmental milestones or when there is a medical problem interfering with sensory and motor development.
Working on fine motor skills can help improve grasp and release of objects. Improving strength and coordination can help with fine motor skills. Children who have poor fine motor skills can have challenges with dressing, drawing, picking up objects, and other small motor movement.
Children learn to integrate visual, auditory, tactile, and proprioceptive sensory information by exposure and repetition in a supportive and fun environment. Sensory integration therapy focusing on helping children experience their environments in a more “organized” way.
Having good handwriting is still important across the lifespan and having poor handwriting can negatively impact performance in school.
Eye hand coordination is the visual processing of information to guide hand movements. Eye hand coordination is important for daily routines, such as picking up objects, playing with toys, cutting, copying, drawing, catching and throwing a ball, playing games, etc.