Why OT?

Your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy if they have had or experience any of the following:

BABIES

CHILDREN

 

  • Traumatic birth history
  • Complicated medical history
  • Premature and having difficulty catching up
  • Slow to roll, sit, crawl, walk
  • Never crawled
  • Does not like tummy time
  • Cannot move one side of body, avoids using one hand
  • One of twins, triplets, multiple births
  • Doctor or health visitor brought up concerns at check-up
  • ‘Floppy’ since birth
  • Stiffness in arms or legs
  • Does not reach for or grasp objects
  • Sensitive to touch and movement (e.g. changes in position)
  • Heightened awareness to sounds (e.g. startles easily)
  • Avoids eye contact or not interested in people 
  • Overwhelmed easily, unable to calm or self-soothe, frequent crying or zoning out
  • Difficulty with sucking and feeding, sensitive to food textures
 

  • Avoids using one hand even during two-handed tasks
  • Difficulty grasping small objects, weak object manipulation
  • Difficulty colouring, writing, or manipulating clothing fasteners and utensils
  • Unable to calm or self-soothe, easily over-stimulated, poor sleeping and feeding routines, difficulty bonding
  • Struggles to regulate their emotions or have big emotional reactions for small situations
  • Clumsy, moves awkwardly, bumps into things, falls often, wiggly at school
  • Poor posture, slouches or slumps forward
  • Unable to tolerate touch or messy play, is a picky eater, or are fidgety
  • Difficulty with sports and games requiring eye-hand-coordination
  • Generally concerned regarding child’s motor skills acquisition,  development or performance at school, focus and emotional regulation
  • Doctor brought up concerns
  • Teacher expressed concerns at school
  • Recently diagnosed with a medical condition such as Autism, Dyspraxia or DCD, dyslexia, Developmental Delay, Down’s Syndrome,  Torticollis, Brachial Plexus Injury, vision or hearing impairment, or other genetic conditions and syndromes

All children develop at different rates. If your child does not meet key developmental milestones, it is important to have them assessed as early as possible.

Increasing sensory processing, upper body strength, balance, spatial awareness, and motor planning.

Developing sensory processing, upper body strength and coordination, motor planning, and hand development.