April is Occupational Therapy Month- Hug your OT! :)

I’m so happy there’s a month to celebrate and raise awareness about topics related to Occupational Therapy (OT).  But for me, everyday is OT day. I’m fortunate to have one of the best jobs and love working with the kids and their families.

OT is gaining much recognition and awareness over the past few years, primarily for working with adults.  However, people still do often ask me why a child would need an OT or what’s a child’s job?  My response is:  A child’s job is to move, play, learn, socialize and be happy.  As an OT, we work on the foundational skills they need to do these jobs such as their gross and fine motor skills, sensory processing, eye-hand coordination, or emotional regulation.  Parents, teachers, and siblings are a key part of this process AND it’s NEVER TOO EARLY to start.  The earlier a problem is detected, the earlier we can help.

Many of you know I lived in NYC for a number of years.  Oftentimes, I’d walk along Broadway and look down to see Times Square and its famous big screen.

The American Occupational Therapy Association has an ad playing on the big Times Square screen throughout this month.

Also, check out the AOTA’s Top 10 Reasons to Care about OT Month.

Until next time, Happy OT Month!

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