Child Development Issues, Parenting and Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is one of those professions where the job description is hard to define. If you ask some people what it is, a typical answer would be that an occupational therapist is someone who helps you get a job. Another common response is that O.T’s help treat fine motor issues. Very few people really understand the nature of occupational therapy.
The profession really began when Eleanor Clark Slagel, a social worker, began treating patients who were veterans of World War I. We would say today that they had post traumatic stress disorder. Ms. Slagel found that if you kept the patient engaged in meaningful activity, their mental health improved. Their minds were kept occupied in this manner. Activities such as basket weaving, leather lacing and lamp making were introduced. Thus we have the confusion over fine motor skills. It was not the skill per se she was working on, …