Q: How do I know if my child needs therapy?
A: Typically a doctor will refer a child to a therapist to determine the need for therapeutic services. There are three disciplines common to serving the needs of children: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy. Most states require a doctor’s prescription for a therapist to conduct an evaluation. Parents can request this prescription from a doctor if they have particular concerns. The therapist will conduct assessments and observe your child’s skills in their respective areas of expertise and determine if therapy is recommended.
Q: Can these tips prevent the need for therapy?
A: Tips provided by a therapist are not meant to replace therapy but to help foster development in the home or school environment. Suggestions made on this website can help to maintain or improve skills of children of all skill levels. However, if your child is in need of therapy, you should continue to seek the professional advice and care of a therapist. If you do not have access to healthcare services for various reasons, we hope our suggestions can help you in your efforts to provide your child with guidance and assistance. We hope to give you the confidence to continue your efforts to understand your child’s developmental process and growth.
Q: What is occupational therapy?
A: OT is a holistic health care profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the lifespan. The occupations of children include play, learning, and self-care. OT’s typically evaluate and provide treatment in the areas of cognition, fine motor, functional mobility, social interaction, visual perception, coordination, sensory processing, and activities of daily living. To learn more about occupational therapy, please review the terminology section in the RESOURCES section of this website.
Q: Is a Playapy consultation the same as play therapy?
A: Playapy consultations are professional consultations provided by pediatric therapists from occupational, physical, and speech therapy professions. Play therapy is a different profession. Playapy consultations are intended to assist the parent or caretaker in fostering play skills with a child. Consultations are not the same as providing therapeutic treatment or exercises with a child.
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