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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.

This brochure on occupational therapy and children can be downloaded and distributed for educational purposes only. For other uses, please contact copyright@aota.org. It may also be purchased in packs of 25. Note: For best results, select double sided (duplex) printing from the print dialog box seen when entering a print command AND choose the "Flip short Side" option, not "Long Side," in order to have it print correctly.

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