Nov. 28, 2019, 7:08 a.m.

Occupational Therapy enhances Self-Esteem and Sense of Accomplishment

Every parent’s primary goal is to make their child independent, motivated & drive a sense of accomplishment, so they can be successful in their personal & professional lives. 
 
This is exactly where an Occupational Therapist steps in. By working on a child’s self-esteem and helping them feel like they can take care of themselves, they enhance the child’s sense of accomplishment as well. 
Believing in oneself, feeling content and satisfied automatically releases the “happy” hormones (dopamine, endorphins etc.). 
 
Occupational Therapists are experts in carrying out assessments related to behavioral health. These assessments give them exposure to the child’s condition. Once they gain this insight about the development and functioning of the child they come with unique problem-solving activities. 
Usually, these activities focus on hitting the base of planning, organization, decision-making, everyday life tasks and emotion control skills. The Occupational Therapist helps in balancing out these challenges and teaches one how to be increasingly independent. 
 
If the child is unable to do simple, everyday tasks, it can make them feel incompetent and bring their self-esteem down low. This can in turn lead to the development of anxiety, depression other mental health problems. 
 To avoid this as much as possible, some basic, everyday tasks that an Occupational Therapist (OT) addresses are:
 
  1. Creating and following a daily schedule (to understand the concept of routine and discipline) 
  2. How to manage personal hygiene 
  3. Appropriate social interaction 
  4. Planning and working on school activities 
  5. Fine motor skills (buttoning, tying a shoelace, wearing clothes etc.)