Physiotherapy vs Occupational Therapy 

You may be wondering what the difference is between a physiotherapist and occupational therapist particularly regarding working with children with disabilities. 

Occupational therapists commonly work with children to improve fine motor control, cognitive skills, sensory processing, and hand eye coordination. 

Physiotherapists on the other hand focus on gross motor skills (running, jumping, skipping), gait biomechanics, balance, coordination, strength, and endurance. 

Often the initial assessment process is very similar and can be done by a physiotherapist or occupational therapist. Recommendations can then be made as to whether physiotherapy, OT or both is best suited to the child. 

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