Does my child need occupational therapy?

Parent Question
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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