The Occupational Therapy Department at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego seeks to enable children of all ages to participate in daily activities by helping them develop their motor, cognitive, social and adaptive skills.

It is a child’s “job” or “occupation” to play and to learn about their environment. Play helps to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments. Nearly one third of people employed in the profession of occupational therapy work with children, helping them master the “occupations” of childhood — learning, playing and growing.

Your Child May Benefit from Occupational Therapy if He or She:

  • Has difficulty buttoning clothes or tying shoelaces.
  • Has poor handwriting or an awkward pencil grasp.
  • Experiences moments or clumsiness or balance problems.
  • Excessively seeks out or avoids movement (on things such as swings, slides and merry-go-rounds).
  • Seems overly sensitive to touch.
  • Has trouble copying pictures and letters or doing puzzles.
  • Has a low attention span, is easily distracted or is hyperactive.
  • Has low self-esteem, fear of failure or behavioral problems.

Video: Occupational therapy careers at Rady Children’s