Occupational therapists (OT) helps people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, injury rehabilitation, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. – AOTA (Amerian Occupational Therapy Association)
If you as a parent or a teacher suspect that your child has (or is at the risk of) delayed development in any of the following areas – physical, cognitive, communication/social/emotional development, you can help by catching it early. With intensive, timely and well designed intervention, children can overcome a wide range of developmental, behavioural and learning problems. This improves the quality of life for the child and their family, resulting in greater freedom, productive and fulfilling lives.
When does your child needs OT?
- training the daily life activities: putting on/off clothes, washing, eating
- problems with the body perception
- sensory processing difficulties
- improving fine / gross / graho -motor skills: coordination, endurance using a pen/scissor, writing, painting
- problems with social behavior: aggressions, shyness, problems with other children
- speech and language delays
- improving emotional skills: tolerance, patients, self-control, express feelings, paying attention, concentration
- parent and teacher support
(On One’s Own Strength)
Maria Aarts deliberately chose the name “MARTE MEO” to highlight the central focus of the programme, which is to identify, activate and develop skills to enable and enhance constructive interaction and development. MARTE MEO is derived from the Latin “mars martis”, a term used in mythology to express “On one’s own strength”. This is the central MARTE MEO focus at all the various levels to encourage people to use their own strength to advance and stimulate developmental processes on the part of children, parents, professional caregivers and supervisors and thus learn to optimally utilise their capacities.