What does an Occupational Therapist do?

The Occupational Therapist (OT) works with children of all ages that have complex heart issues. The OT can provide treatment to help in the following areas:

  • Feeding skills
  • Developmental and motor performance
  • Fine motor skills
  • Activities of daily living
  • Self-help skills
  • Play skills
  • Eye hand coordination
  • Thinking skills
  • Visual skills
  • Sensory skills
  • Wheelchair and adaptive equipment needs
  • Postural control and positioning
  • Level of arousal and responsiveness
  • Range of motion
  • Strength
  • Endurance

The OT will also address the child’s positioning and environment to help them be more successful in the above areas. The OT will teach the caregivers tips and strategies to help them feel comfortable working with their child at home.