Occupational therapists assist people of all ages to participate in and enjoy activities that have meaning and purpose (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2004). In working with children, the role of an occupational therapist is to enable children to function optimally in their occupations which include activities of daily living, typical school and academic tasks, play and leisure activities by addressing the underlying components of function, which involves motor, praxis and sensory-perceptual performance skills. (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2008)
Occupational therapists are trained healthcare professions registered with the HPCSA. Occupational therapists aim to help children reach their maximal level of functional independence by facilitating development.