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resources for specific conditionsSelected resources from our occupational therapists to support you in the care of your child.

Recommended reading

The Role of Occupational Therapy with Children and Youth
Occupational therapy practitioners work with children, youth, and their families to promote active participation in activities or occupations that are meaningful to them. Occupation refers to activities that may support the health, well-being, and development of an individual (AOTA, 2008). For children and youth, occupations are activities that enable them to learn and develop life skills (e.g., school activities), be creative and/or derive enjoyment (e.g., play), and thrive (e.g., self-care and care for others) as both a means and an end. Occupational therapy practitioners work with children of all ages (birth through young adulthood) and abilities.

Talking to your child about having special needs
Isn't every kid special? We think so, but what do we mean when we say "kids with special needs"? This means any kid who might need extra help because of a medical, emotional, or learning problem. These kids have special needs because they might need medicine, therapy, or extra help in school — stuff other kids don't typically need or only need once in a while.

Links and resources for specific conditions

Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD)

Autism

Cerebral palsy

DiGeorge syndrome

Down syndrome

Dystonia

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

Emotional disorders

Encephalopathy

Epilepsy

Feeding

Fetal alcohol syndrome

Fragile X

Hand injuries and disorders

Hearing loss

Hemiplegia

Learning disabilities

Marfan syndrome

Muscular dystrophy

Play

Sensory processing disorder

Stroke

Spina bifida

Stroke

Traumatic brain injuries

Visual perception

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