How do I know when my child needs to be seen by an occupational therapy?

There are several risk signs that indicate that a child may need an assessment from an occupational therapist. For instance, if your child is experiencing difficulty acquiring age-appropriate fine and/or gross motor skills, playing with other children, and handling transitions, he/she may be experiencing sensory integration difficulties. Experiencing difficulty with handwriting can be another sign. If you are concerned that your child’s behaviours or tendencies may have a sensory or motor basis, contact us at to determine whether an assessment is necessary.

If you already have an OT assessment report and you are looking for therapy interventions, please contact us.

If your child is/has:

  • Lack of age appropriate play skills.
  • Behind in developing skills such as not reaching developmental milestones of sitting, crawling, walking, talking, playing, etc.
  • Awkward grasp or clumsy use of crayons, pencils, scissors, or other tools
  • Struggling with fine motor skills (using zippers, buttons, shoelaces, etc.)
  • Excessive seeking or avoidance of movement or touch.
  • Constantly moving, jumping, crashing, bumping
  • Cannot tolerates tags on clothes, hates having his hair washed/ combed or cut, or having his nails cut.
  • Difficulty with feeding, food aversions or eats a very limited diet.
  • Frequent emotional outbursts or meltdowns in behaviour and inability to calm self when upset.
  • Unable to concentrate and focus at school
  • Poor handwriting, letter/number formation

If he/she is experiencing some of these behaviours and these are negatively impacting in his/her functional life and participation, it is advisable to make an appointment with us at  to see a paediatric Occupational Therapist (OT). The OT will explore the underlying difficulties that your child may be experiencing and take actions to promote and ensure your child’s wellbeing.