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what is ot? (occupational therapy)

As described by AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association), Occupational therapy practitioners use meaningful activities to help children and youth participate in what they need or want to do in order to promote physical and mental health & well being. The usual occupations of childhood are education, play & leisure activities, social situations, activities of daily living (ADLs- eating, dressing  and hygiene) sleep and rest. 


At  High Five Hand Skills our focus is to establish an individually specific treatment plan and interventions to facilitate and improve the ability to participate in these above occupations after an injury, disability or illness. The majority of children come to High Five Hand Skills because they are experiencing difficulties or weaknesses in the area of visual perceptual skills, visual motor skills, social/emotional skills, self regulation skills and/or fine motor skills .  Children do not have to have an accompanying diagnosis to receive services at High Five Hand Skills.


High Five Hand Skills provides the unique opportunity for enrichment activities, sessions and classes for the goal of skill advancement. 


Occupational therapy works on many skills including:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Social skills
  • Bilateral integration skills
  • Crossing midline skills
  • Spatial awareness skills
  • Visual processing
  • Visual Motor Skills
  • Self regulation skills
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Body awareness skills
  • Mindfulness
  • Eye-hand coordination


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