Occupational Therapy is a treatment that works to improve fine and gross motor skills and motor planning. It can also help children who struggle with self-regulation and sensory processing.
The therapy is tailored to a child’s specific needs. Before it begins, our Occupational Therapist (OT) assesses the child’s strengths and challenges, and the tasks that child has trouble with. The OT will then create a program of activities for the child to work on.
Some tasks and skills OTs focus on:
Self-care routines like getting dressed (fine motor skills and motor planning)
Writing and copying notes (fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination)
Holding and controlling a pencil, using scissors (fine motor skills, motor planning)
Throwing and catching (gross motor skills like balance and coordination)
Organizing a backpack (motor planning, organization skills)
Reacting to sensory input (self-regulation skills)
OT consists of exercises and activities to build specific skills that are weak.
The earlier a child starts OT, the more effective it tends to be. Being able to do basic tasks can also help build up kids’ self-esteem and confidence, which can drop when they are struggling, especially in front of their peers.
Kids who struggle with motor skills tend to be uncoordinated and are often clumsy. Being seen as “different” can put them at risk of being bullied and make them feel like victims.
Our Occupational Therapist, Mr Mohd Asri Bin Mohd Shah is licensed by Allied Health Professionals Council Brunei.