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 info@realconnections.ie 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 info@realconnections.ie  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.