Occupational therapy focuses on helping youngsters learn how to use their hands for specific tasks. The tasks that must sometimes be learned with the therapist’s help include reaching for and playing with toys, bringing food to their mouths or putting on a shirt.
Sometimes, an infant or child needs assistance learning how to suck, accepting lumps in foods, accepting a caretaker’s touch or learning that moving is fun and not frightening.
DDS provides speech-language therapy to children with learning delays or physical disabilities. The speech-language pathologist evaluates each child’s auditory comprehension, expressive communication and speech-sound production.
Speech therapy prepares children to talk by increasing their eye contact, attention skills and imitation abilities. While receiving speech therapy, children begin to develop the ability to communicate with others.
Children may be instructed on how to use communication aides; some examples include sign language, picture boards and electronic devices.