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How can occupational therapy help my disabled child?
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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
It really depends on the disability.
The term occupational therapy is really inaccurate. In most cases it has nothing to do with an occupation. Ots are trained to help people with disabilities learn compensatory strategies to maximize their function. They also tend to focus on problems related to use of the upper extremities in particular. Ots work with kids all the time and are extremely helpful.

In brief: Depends
It really depends on the disability.
The term occupational therapy is really inaccurate. In most cases it has nothing to do with an occupation. Ots are trained to help people with disabilities learn compensatory strategies to maximize their function. They also tend to focus on problems related to use of the upper extremities in particular. Ots work with kids all the time and are extremely helpful.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jun Garcia
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: With family help too
It really depends on the severity and the specific disability.
However, typically an ot will work with your child and your family to assist in increasing functionality of the activities of daily living, whether that means toilet training, eating and dressing as examples. Guidance and assistance where needed are specified and addressed and then a plan for more independent living is instituted.

In brief: With family help too
It really depends on the severity and the specific disability.
However, typically an ot will work with your child and your family to assist in increasing functionality of the activities of daily living, whether that means toilet training, eating and dressing as examples. Guidance and assistance where needed are specified and addressed and then a plan for more independent living is instituted.
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