Sensational: Learning Disabilities

Pediatric Health The Newsletter About Taking Care Of The Ones That Matter Most

November 2018

“Help Your Child See Their Potential In Education!” LEARNING DISABILITY & CHALLENGES

Inside: • What Methods Can Be Used To Overcome Learning Challenges?

• Nutrition Corner

• Patient Spotlight

What Types of Conditions can Occupational Therapy Help? Nearly any type of learning disability a child may be struggling with can be treated with occupational therapy. Several specific conditions that may benefit from occupational therapy include the following: Visual and Auditory Processing Difficulties. Children with visual or hearing processing disorders can often benefit from working with an occupational therapist. A therapist can determine whether your child is suffering from an impairment or a processing disorder, and then provide the appropriate treatment. Improve Handwriting Skills. An occupational therapist can teach your child to more effectively hold a pencil and develop hand and finger coordination that can improve writing skills. Therapy can also improve hand strength and develop visual-motor integration. Autism Spectrum Disorder. Occupational therapists can both evaluate and provide therapy options for children with autism. Therapy can help an autistic child respond appropriately to different types of stimuli, improve

motor skills, and learn how to more effectively transition from one activity to another. ADHD -TherapycanhelpchildrenwithADHDorADDbecomemoreorganized and function more efficiently in their everyday lives. Therapy can help your child learn to more effectively handle and even eliminate distractions that may trigger negative behavior. Personal Care Concerns. Personal care can present challenges for some children. Occupational therapy can help children develop fine and gross motor skills that will enable them to more effectively perform daily personal care. Social Interactions. Social skills are critical to learning and overall development, especially in a school setting. Many children may benefit from therapy to improve their social interactions. A therapist can help your child break down and understand the steps and tasks involved in a game or other types of playing. Strategies can be implemented to help your child play better in different environments.

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