Many people think the word “occupation” is a work-related term; however, an occupation can be anything someone does to occupy his or her time in every day life. Groups of activities constitute an occupation. For example, work, leisure⁄play, and self-care are general occupations. Within each of these are components of one or more activities. Self-care includes many activities of daily living such as brushing your teeth, bathing, eating, and dressing. Leisure⁄play can involve reading, writing, teaching, or typing. Activities are the building blocks or components of human occupation.
" Occupational therapy is an allied health profession concerned with improving a person’s occupational performance. In a pediatric setting, the occupational therapist deals with children whose occupations are usually play, preschoolers, or students —A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sensory Integration, 1986
“Occupational therapists use a knowledge base of neurology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, child development, psychology, psychosocial development, activity analysis, and therapeutic techniques. They are trained to treat clients holistically, addressing their cognitive, emotional, and physical needs through functional, activity-based treatment. When working in pediatrics, occupational therapists select activities that are of interest and have meaning for children, and that also meet therapeutic goals —The Alert Program for Self Regulation, How Does Your Engine Run?, 1992.
Difficulty coordinating hand movements/skills using the eyes, copying shapes, connecting dots, drawing through mazes, difficulty cutting on a line, or writing and drawing.
Difficulty labeling letters/numbers/shapes, discriminating differences between forms, difficulty putting puzzles together, difficulty remembering forms, difficulty locating objects in a distracting background, matching similar objects/forms, and trouble copying when writing or drawing.
Sits in a slouched manner at a table or desk, props head up with hand while sitting, fidgets constantly in chair, falls out of chair or falls down while navigating the environment, relies on railing to climb stairs, frequently bumps into people or objects, props self up against people or objects, has poor endurance and poor balance.
Difficulty manipulating clothing fasteners, trouble with dressing and undressing, difficulty turning faucet or water fountain on, difficulty washing hands, and difficulty opening food packages or using utensils.
Difficulty maintaining balance when standing on one foot, difficulty negotiating playground equipment, unable to hop, jump, skip, gallop, or walk on a line, appears awkward when running, avoids physical education or sports activities.
Drops or has poor control of small objects (pegs, beads, coins), difficulty using both hands at the same time or always uses one hand, has hand dominance confusion, difficulty grasping pencil, marker, crayon, hand muscles appear weak and movements seem awkward.
Problems with transitions (stops and starts tasks with an adverse reaction), becomes frustrated or upset easily, has difficulty making friends, has low self-esteem.
Doesn’t respond to his/her name, looks “spaced out”, becomes easily distracted, fidgets often, misses verbal directions or needs directions repeated, impulsive, seems lethargic or over-active and cannot adjust arousal level for a task.
Difficulty with sharing, becomes upset when losing a game, difficulty following rules, tends to play alone rather than with peers, doesn’t understand how to join peers in play or how to initiate play.
The child could be under/over-responsive to ordinary sensations from the body or environment (sounds feel too loud or the person cannot tune into what is said, unexpected touch might feel uncomfortable or the person touches everything/everyone constantly) or sensory information is not processing accurately causing poor coordination and/or body in space awareness.
I am extremely pleased with the OT rendered by Dr.Balaji and team of Buds To Blossom. What is fascinating is the ability of Dr.Balaji to accurately diagnose the developmental issues for my daughter through a scientific testing process. Based on the results, he chalked out an objective / sharp OT intervention for my daughter with appropriate milestone checks and balances. Given that I hold a masters degree in social sciences and psychology, I understand the depth of Dr.Balaji’s diagnostic approach to OT coupled with his deep understanding of the latest OT techniques. Owing to his intervention, my daughter who was on the lower end of the autistic spectrum, has marched past several development milestones in the last couple of years under the close guidance of Dr.Balaji and his team. Even during these times of pandemic, while I was earlier apprehensive about doing OT remotely, I find that there is no dilution of effectiveness even if OT is done remotely. In fact, I am able to save a lot of travel time to the clinic and my daughter has adapted herself well to the digital mode. My wife and I are always indebted to him as we see our child manifest age appropriate behaviour.
Hi All, A big thank you to Dr Balaji and his team for helping us to understand the shortcoming of a child and guiding us through our journey with different thearist as age appropriate and helping us sail through. We started this unknown journey which was very much guided by the doctor making it a fruitful journey. And hats off to sir, having taking classes personally online within the comfort zone of our homes is highly commendable. As parents we are thankful to doctor Balaji and his team for it has worked long for us both hand's on ,and online therapy since lockdown Online classes show their commitment level for kids and truly Appreciate the same where there is a will there's a way. Thank you once again lots of gratitude
Doctor is very patient and friendly towards the kids. My daughter is 2yrs old and we have been coming here for the past one month. I could see a lot of major changes in her within this short span. The doctor and the staffs made this happen with their much needed approach. I strongly recommend him to anyone awaiting help!
We are completely satisfied with therapy given to my daughter and are very happy with therapists and their approach to my daughter is good she feels like extended home and at same time she as shown lot of improvements and they are very much accessible to us when we are not in town they advise on home program or any sort of issues immediately answered
Very good service and noticed a lot of improvement in my son's behaviour and activities would really recommend for others too. Staff faculty are very Co operative. They have much patience in dealing with the kids. Thank you for lending a helping hand for such kids with hyperactive,delayed speech.
Our sons speaking ability has improved well and he is trying to speak in full sentences. His concentration level has improved, he is writing , playing with other children, eating by self , trying to do his daily routines. We are happy with improvements in his activities and speech . Thank you so much.
We have seen good progress on our daughters motor skill. Very happy we are. Therapists explaination after each session increases our confidence