Community Engagement

Childhood occupations also include the ability to engage with others in the home, school, and community environments. Participation in routines such as going to the grocery store with a family member/caregiver, playing at a local playground, transitioning in and out of a car, safety awareness near roads, and rule following in the school environment are key to learning and interacting with others.

Occupational therapy can help with exploring challenges related to a child’s difficulty with participating in the community and assist with development of strategies for safe engagement. Such approaches can include creation of visual schedule for a child to review safety strategies prior to transitioning out of a car into a public parking lot, sensory/regulation strategies to help a child remain seated in a carseat, or socio-emotional development to help a child initiate playing with new friends on a playground.