Occupational Therapist Say: aw-kyoo-pay-shu-nal thair-ah-pist An occupational therapist can help kids who have trouble doing everyday things, like writing, eating, or getting dressed. An occupational therapist uses exercises and activities to teach kids how to do these things better. If a kid has trouble eating, the therapist can provide special forks and spoons that are longer, shorter, or have easy-to-hold rubber grips. If a kid needs help with writing, the therapy might be strengthening the pointer finger by finger painting or squirting a water gun! Just don't squirt your occupational therapist! Back to Articles Related Articles Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.