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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.