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Can Occupational Therapy Services be of Benefit to You and Your Little One?

What: OT’s work with people of all ages to promote participation in daily life activities through either habilitative or rehabilitative therapy. These daily activities can include play and school, dressing after stroke, or cooking again after a surgery, for example.

Who and Where: As briefly mentioned, OT’s work with a varied population in a variety of settings including: Early intervention, inpatient and outpatient pediatrics, mental health, skilled nursing, outpatient clinics, hospitals, home health, and other community settings.

Why: After illness, injury, or conditions that have been present since birth, sometimes help is needed to get back to and participate in daily activities. OT’s have specialized knowledge and experience in creating and implementing interventions aimed at reaching the client’s goals.

Often, children with varied conditions or disabilities benefit from OT services to get back to their occupations of playing, learning, sleeping and resting, interacting with peers, getting dressed, and more.

If your child is having difficulty with any of the following:

  • Overall motor development
  • Motor planning and coordination skills
  • Sensory processing
  • Feeding
  • Fine motor development              
  • Handwriting skills
  • Visual-spatial development
  • Social and play skills
  • General mobility
  • Self-regulation
  • Self-care
  • Adaptive behavior
  • Access and use of assistive devices/technology

An evaluation with an occupational therapist may be beneficial for you and your child. The Life Skills Clinic, located within the University of Utah campus, is a great place to start. To request an appointment or to find out more, please call 801-585-6837 or visit them online at:



Last Updated: 6/9/24