Pediatric occupational therapy

oc·cu·pa·tion·al ther·a·py (OT)

Helps people, through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations), do the things they want and need to do. Occupational therapists enable children with disabilities to live life to its fullest through personalized evaluation and interventions designed to reach goals.

By analyzing and addressing the many different skills required, occupational therapy makes everyday tasks like getting dressed, brushing teeth, writing or drawing, self-feeding, and playing appropriately with peers, possible.

For example, there’s a lot more to putting on a shirt than you might think. It requires fine motor, bilateral coordination, shoulder girdle and core strength, motor planning, sequencing, and proprioception, all of which are commonly addressed in occupational therapy when helping a child become able to dress independently.What that means? 

How can high-quality occupational therapy help children with special needs? 

By working one-on-one with kiddos, both on horseback and in our child-focused clinic, Children’s TherAplay occupational therapists help kiddos develop the skills, such as those listed below, for independence and quality of life.

  • Fine motor: holding and using a pencil, crayon, spoon, or fork; picking up puzzle pieces; writing and coloring; snipping with scissors
  • Activities of daily living: playing appropriately with other children, self-feeding, dressing and undressing, grooming, toileting
  • In addition, we address issues related to sensory processing to help kiddos be able to participate actively in their home and school environments. 
  • Underlying performance skills: strength, motor planning, visual teaming, social skills, self-regulation, balance, coordination, range of motion


And you do this on horseback?

Absolutely, through a treatment strategy called hippotherapy! Approximately half of each one-hour treatment is spent on the horse and half is spent in our child-focused clinic.


Because the movement of horses provides something essential that cannot be replicated in a traditional clinic-based setting. Learn more. 


All Children's TherAplay therapists are licensed by the State of Indiana and receive special training to work within the guidelines and best practices of the American Hippotherapy Association to safely and effectively integrate the movement of horses in a clinical setting.

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Lauryn has grown so much. Not only is she getting stronger in her core area and her ability to master more fine motor and gross motor skills, she has also grown in her confidence. She loves coming to Children’s TherAplay. 

The fact that we travel 45 minutes each way, twice a week says a lot in terms of our feelings about TherAplay – it's so worth it. It's wonderful!

—Lauryn’s mom, Jen

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