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Children and Youth

A child’s life is made up of “occupations,” or daily activities. These occupations include playing, learning, and socializing. Occupational therapy practitioners work with children and their families to help them succeed in these activities throughout the day.

They also help with basic challenges faced by most families, from creating morning routines to choosing appropriate toys.

Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.

The Tip Sheets below provide ways to address common conditions and experiences, and how occupational therapy can help meet goals.

Tips for All Children

Childhood Occupations Toolkit

Tips About Autism

Tips for Children in School

Tips for Play