An occupational therapist focuses on the functional tasks that impact a child’s ability to interact effectively with his environment, family, and peers. This includes examining how he or she takes in information from his sensory system and processes it for use, how well he is able to modulate or regulate his responses to the information, and his actual performance of age appropriate skills. This can include developmental tasks such as how he physically interacts with the environment, how effectively he can reach or grasp to eat, write, or dress, as well as how he functions in a classroom or group. The techniques used may focus on enhancing underlying processing and regulation, minimizing physical challenges, or even improving social participation. Recommendations regarding activities to do at home, adaptive equipment, or splinting/bracing that may also be made.

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