Occupational therapy is another treatment for children with this condition and those who develop cerebral palsy due to it. The occupational therapist's role will vary depending on the symptoms. This form of therapy focuses on teaching patients the skills necessary to develop and gain independence. With children, therapists focus on improving their capacity for learning and playing. An occupational therapist may teach a child to do tasks that require fine motor function. Examples are brushing their teeth and eating. They may also help children who struggle to process sensory information. This is in addition to helping with cognitive function.
Children who do occupational therapy have an increased chance of independence and improved quality of life. They may also feel a sense of accomplishment and be more confident. By improving their ability to learn and play, they can develop other skills more easily. Occupational therapy also reduces the strain on caregivers and parents because they do not need to help with the same number of day-to-day tasks.
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