occupational therapy with speech delay toddler
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Olivia - posted on 02/28/2012
I started OT with my autistic non-verbal 23 mo old and it has been a blessing he is now 3 yrs old and I don't anticipate stopping his sessions anytime soon! They are 2 completely different therapies. The way it was explained to me, it is a childs job to play, display self help skills, and interact with his environment: OT works with all those areas. A good OT will also incorporate communication into the session either in the form of PECS (picture exchange communication system), sign language, and/or verbal exchanges. If your toddler has any behavior or sensory issues they can work with that as well. We had a long grocery list of things my son was deficient in when we started and he's come a long way, but it just keeps changing as he ages. I would highly recommend OT!