Strength | muscle tone | physical endurance | fine motor skills | motor planning | sensory play | self-care
Almost all children who have Prader-Willi Syndrome will require occupational therapy to assist with skills needed for daily living and working. An Occupational therapist can also assist with strength, endurance, balance, and coordination.
It’s recommended that occupational therapy begin as early in life as possible, ideally in infancy, to develop muscles and improve fine and gross motor skills. As the child grows older and gross motor skill development is addressed by a physical therapist, occupational therapy should continue to help improve hand strength, finger strength and dexterity, motor planning, coordination, self-care skills such as dressing, and sensory integration issues. The occupational therapist will also assess sensory integration dysfunction and implement sensory integration therapy as required.