6 thoughts on “How We Do Occupational Therapy at Home For ADHD: Tools, Time, and Cost

  • January 22, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Fantastic Written Article,really love this article,thanks for sharing us..

  • January 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    I think it’s great that there are at-home options with occupational therapy. I don’t know too much about it but I think it’s great it can help with those who have ADHD. I know that can be hard to deal with. Thanks for listing some of your tips and ideas for us.

    • January 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm

      So glad you found it to be useful, Jack!

  • March 31, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I am a little disappointed, because according to this article my $60,000 MS in occupational therapy was just completely undermined.

    While the article provides a wonderful, comprehensive list of home program activities, they are just that… therapeutic activities. They are tools that an occupational therapist might use, but are not in and of themselves therapy. Occupational therapy is an ongoing, dynamic process of evaluating a person’s strengths and deficits as they relate to a person’s perceived roles and priorities. OTs are trained to consider all aspects of a person’s performance, including physical, social, emotional, environmental, cognitive, really anything that impacts a person’s occupational performance. Can this person look at this child’s posture and know what modifications to make to their position in order to improve fine motor coordination? Or what a person’s core strength have to do with handwriting? Does this person know how to determine if a deficit is skill based or performance based? Or whether fine motor difficulties are a result of motor planning, attentional, visual, strength or sensory perceptual issues? Guess what… an OT does!! And treatment will look tremendously different depending on the underlying deficit(s) that contribute to the problem.

    Again, these activities are wonderful activities, and they can be very therapeutic on a variety of levels. I commend and highly respect this parent who has made an obvious and loving commitment to their child’s development and well being. But please respect our profession back. My office is not a toy store in which a bunch of activities are haphazardly availible. Each session is assessing and addressing the person’s barriers to success at every given moment, and in every moment is providing a component of support to help that person overcome that barrier.

    It is much, much more than a $60,000 trip to the dollar store.

    • April 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm


      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I love to know that mental health and behavioral professionals are reading these blogs and stirring up conversation. Any attention brought to the awareness of these disorders is great awareness because it gets people talking!

      I was, in no way, trying to undermine your professional degree (or anyone else’s) by creating this post. My sister, who helped write it, mentioned in there several times that she does at-home therapy because therapy is so incredibly expensive. She also states that she is not a doctor and that these ideas were just simple versions of what they’d done at therapy. In our minds, giving an ADHD child knock-off therapy at home with dollar store toys is better than not allowing them to receive any therapy at all.

      Your profession is so valuable to the ADHD community, and to many other communities. But, simply put… a lot of people can’t afford it. Without health insurance (or without the right type of health insurance), it can cost hundreds of dollars each month, and many people just can’t make that happen. It’s especially difficult for people who need to have one parent staying at home because their ADHD child requires extra time and attention, or requires homeschooling, or whatever else.

      In an ideal world, we would send every person on Earth with a behavioral disorder your way. But we don’t live in an ideal world, and some people need secondhand options because secondhand is better than nothing. Every little bit helps.

      You are so appreciated.


  • September 12, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I very inspired by reading about how we do occupational theropy at home.My son Mrugansh,five years old,has facing speech problems. now i will also try to give him theropy at home. THANKS


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