Off site sessions are a great way to really utilize OT services for your child! As an occupational therapist, our main concern is function, and what better way to address functional skills than to practice them where they are used- out in the community! People of all ages, from early intervention to adults can benefit from off site sessions.
Some examples of off site sessions could include
Playground: to address gross motor skills, core strength, hand eye coordination, gravitational insecurity and more!
Grocery store: making lists, understanding how items are organized in aisles, visual attention, budgeting, use of money, social skills are all addressed.
Restaurant: ordering from a menu, giving and receiving correct change, fine motor skills and utensil use, table manners and behavioral regulation, trying new foods.
Library- homework skills, organizational skills, regulation (use of quiet body and voice)
Play groups: social skills, adaptation of activities to fit your child's ability, consultation with group leader if necessary.
Public transportation: Older clients can learn to access trains, buses, taxis or other public transportation
Appointments: such as haircuts, dentist appointments, proper seating and positioning, behavioral regulation, consultations with other professionals, utilizing calming strategies taught in therapy.