Play is the most essential occupations of childhood and it’s a natural medium for achieving goals and prompting kids to work toward goals that may seem lofty, unnatural, or hard. Occupational Therapy goals are often included in pediatric OT interventions as the actions that come with play to achieve the underlying areas needed for play as well as other areas of function.
Play also helps to develop emotional well-being and increases a child’s ability to explore, problem solve, and create. Occupational therapy practitioners are important health care providers who value play in families, schools, and communities. They assess all areas of activity to promote health, growth, and development.