When we say that occupational therapy helps people live life to its fullest across the lifespan, we really mean it! In fact, occupational therapy plays an important role in the lives of infants and toddlers. From birth to 5 years old, occupational therapy practitioners work with children to promote their development and engagement.

Occupational therapy services can start in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) addressing issues with premature birth, low birth weight, prenatal drug exposure, birth defects, and more. With early intervention, occupational therapy practitioners can also help the family or caregiver learn how to provide the best care. 

As the child ages, occupational therapy services can ensure the child is developing properly with their social skills, motor development, emergent literacy, self-care skills, and self-regulatory skills throughout the toddler and preschool-age years. 

Occupational therapists understand the effects of disabilities and illness on a child’s development, ability to learn new skills, and occupational performance and can design interventions to help children develop in a healthy way. Read more about occupational therapy’s role with children from birth to 5 years old here.

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