Does my child need occupational therapy?
Oct. 4, 2022
A child may benefit from occupational therapy if they have difficulties with:
- Fine motor and table-top activities (like coloring, drawing, writing, and using scissors)
- Developmentally appropriate play activities
- Behaviors, self-regulation, and coping skills
- Transitions and flexibility
- Visual attention and spatial environmental awareness
- Sensory processing and modulation
- Tactile tolerance/tactile defensiveness
- Age-appropriate food selectivity and/or feeding skills
- Learning, recognizing, and remembering symbols, forms, letters, and numbers
- Handwriting, letter formation, spacing, and sizing
- Delayed hand dominance (often switches the hand they use to draw and write with)
- Motor planning, motor coordination, and praxis (difficulty with balance and coordination, difficulty imitating motor movements, etc.)
- Executive functioning skills (difficulty planning, sequencing, or organizing activities that involve multiple steps, etc.)
- Self-care activities and age-appropriate independence
For more on this topic, check out our article Occupational Therapy 101.
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