How does weight impact your kid’s occupations?
Updated: Nov 13
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OT 4 ME offers occupational therapy services in South Florida for children who have been diagnosed as overweight or with obesity. People often question how occupational therapy fits in with this population.
It is actually quite simple. Excessive weight can impact your child’s participation in their occupations.
We have spoken about occupations before. Occupations are the activities we do every day that make up our life. Essentially, occupational therapists help children who have been diagnosed with overweight or obesity do the activities that are meaningful to them.
One of the most important things we do as an occupational therapist is to get down to the “why.” WHY is it that your child wants to lose weight? What would the weight loss let them do that they feel they are unable to do now? THAT is our GOAL. Not the weight loss itself.
For example, I recently worked with a client who came into the clinic because he said he wanted to lose weight. As I mentioned, weight loss is not the goal of occupational therapy. As we talked, I learned that the reason he really wanted to lose weight was to keep up with his friends in gym class. In gym class they had to do suicide runs, and whoever could do the most won. According to this client, he was able to do HALF of what his friends were doing. So what was our goal? Our goal was to safely increase the amount of suicide runs he was able to do without losing his breath. For other kids, their ability to balance, sleep through the night, or get dressed may be disturbed. It will be different for all children.
Over the next six weeks, we are going to talk about each occupation separately, and how that occupation may be impacted by your child’s weight. That way, you can have more of an idea of whether occupational therapy would be beneficial for your family. Of course, this is all from my personal experiences and may not apply to your child.
The main occupations of childhood are:
1. Activities of Daily Living “ADLS”
2. Instrumental Activities of Daily Living “IADLS”
6. Social Participation
Make sure to check back NEXT TUESDAY for our first blog post of the series on how weight impacts your child’s activities of daily living. Not sure what those are? We will explain all of that!
If your child is experiencing a disruption in one of these occupations, reach out to us for a free discovery visit! During this 20-minute visit, we’ll have time to chat about your concerns and how OT 4 ME can help. We offer Telehealth services to all of Florida! If you are ready to get started right away, give us a call at 561-223-1620 or email Samantha@theot4me.com. I’d be honored to work with your child!
Want to do some more reading? Check out our "Get Your Kids Moving" blog series.
I am looking forward to hearing from you!
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