|Full Introduction OT Occupational Therapy Rehab|
Bellenir (2001) observes that anyone can face mental health problems such as stress, depression, phobias, personality and behavioral disorders at any time during the life span (p. 4). For this reason it is important for everyone to have a good understanding of this problem. Children with disorders such as autism, down syndrome, phobias and fetal alcohol syndrome generally have developmental delays and are especially at risk of developing poor mental health as they approach the teenage years. This is because the teenage years are filled with challenges. The pressure to fit in, do well in school, form an identity and maintain a good relationship with family can cause a teenager to develop mental health problems. This paper will provide an overview of some common types of mental health problems affecting children and explore the role of an Occupational Therapist (O.T.) in helping children with these problems cope and maintain a normal lifestyle. This paper aims to further present the argument that children with mental health issues will benefit from the help of an O.T.