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Role of Occupational Therapy in Learning Disability

Children with learning disability face difficulties in learning and using academic skills. The affected academic skills are below that expected for children of the same chronological age. In addition to specific learning disability in areas of reading, written expression, mathematics, these children may also show impairments in motor function (gross and fine motor skills), cognitive functions, sensory integration and perceptual functions. They also can go through various psycho-social incompetence.         Occupational therapists help these children adapt and function age appropriately using various intervention approaches which change as the child develops. Activities to facilitate play skills, sensory integration, self-help skills, perceptual motor skills, social skills and development of compensatory and adaptive techniques are focused on through OT intervention along with parental education to help integrate the child to community living.