Occupational Therapy Careers

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Children who have experienced injuries, illnesses, or disabilities preventing them from living their lives to their fullest potential can greatly benefit from the assistance of an Occupational Therapist. As an Occupational Therapist, you will assist those individuals in developing and improving skills needed to participate in daily life activities. Through supportive therapy these children will be able to perform basic functions and become empowered to live and grow more independently.

Occupational Therapy and Early Intervention

A child’s earliest developmental years are the most important to his or her cognitive, social, and physical growth. Birth to age three is the age range considered the most critical for brain development, so early intervention is crucial to helping developmentally delayed children grow.

Sunny Days provides home-based occupational therapy to children requiring early intervention. When you are working with Sunny Days as an Occupational Therapist, you should expect to:

  • Observe children doing everyday tasks
  • Review children’s medical history and ask parents questions when needed
  • Conduct formal evaluation using discipline specific tools to determine child’s functional levels and areas of concern
  • Use your clinical observation and information gathered from medical history and parents to make service recommendations
  • Assess home and school environments for recommended changes to foster a more supportive living environment
  • Formulate a plan for each child’s specific developmental needs
  • Demonstrate proper techniques for everyday life functions
  • Educate parents on reinforcement and early intervention information
  • Provide the necessary recommendations for additional equipment
  • Reassessment as appropriate
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