Occupational therapists help children develop, recover, or maintain daily living skills. Therapy activities include facilitating the use of the hands, promoting skills for listening, following directions, social play, transitioning from one activity to another, dressing, eating, toileting and/or grooming. They work on choice-making, abstract-reasoning, problem-solving, and perceptual skills, as well as memory, sequencing, and coordination—all of which are important for independence. Children with permanent disabilities, such as spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, or muscular dystrophy, often need special instruction to master certain daily tasks. For these children, an OT demonstrates the use of adaptive equipment, including eating aids, dressing aids.

How do the dogs help in occupational therapy? 

In order to get her teeth brushed, one patient’s parents had to physically hold her down. Then, Ovelle and Prairie graciously allowed this girl to brush their teeth during which time trust levels were establish, motor planning addressed and sequencing skills put in place. She is now able to brush her teeth with moderate assistance during therapy session. – Farrell Lindley, Occupational Therapist

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