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Occupational Therapy Resources

Selected resources from our occupational therapists to support you in the care of your child.

Recommended reading

The Role of Occupational Therapy with Children and Youth
Occupational therapy practitioners work with children, youth and their families to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them. Occupation refers to activities that may support the health, well-being and development of an individual (AOTA, 2008). For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills (e.g., school activities), be creative and/or derive enjoyment (e.g., play) and thrive (e.g., self-care and care for others) as both a means and an end. Occupational therapy practitioners work with children of all ages (birth through young adulthood) and abilities.

Talking to your child about having special needs
Isn't every kid special? We think so, but what do we mean when we say "kids with special needs?" This means any kid who might need extra help because of a medical, emotional, or learning problem. These kids have special needs because they might need medicine, therapy, or extra help in school – stuff other kids don't typically need or only need once in a while.

Links and resources for specific conditions

Muscular dystrophy


Sensory processing disorder

Visual perception

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