Occupational therapy practitioners in their interactions with babies, young children and their families, can be change-agents who promote rich language environments as a foundation to social interactions, social participation and academic successes. OTPs may be the sole provider working with a family or may reinforce with families the plan of care developed by speech-language pathologists (SLP) or early intervention teachers. The first step for OTPs is deeper knowledge of the importance of early language exposure, social interaction and participation development in young children and approaches that promotes rich language environments.
Ketchum, OTD, OTR/L, Aimee E. and Potvin, PhD, OTR/L, Marie-Christine, "Occupational Therapy’s Role in Early Language Development of Babies and Young Children" (2018). Student Papers & Posters. Paper 31.