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
  • Unable to calm or self-soothe, frequent crying
  • Difficulty with sucking and feeding

  • Avoids using one hand even during two-handed tasks
  • Unable to calm or self-soothe, easily over-stimulated, poor sleeping and feeding routines, difficulty bonding
  • Difficulty grasping small objects, weak object manipulation
  • Clumsy, moves awkwardly, bumps into things, falls often
  • Poor posture, slouches or slumps forward
  • Unable to tolerate touch or messy play, or is a picky eater
  • Difficulty with sports and games requiring eye-hand-coordination
  • Difficulty colouring, writing, or manipulating clothing fasteners and utensils
  • Generally concerned regarding child’s motor skills acquisition,  development or performance at school
  • Doctor brought up concerns
  • Teacher expressed concerns at school
  • Recently diagnosed with a medical condition such as Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Down’s Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Autism, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy, Arthritis, Torticollis, Brachial Plexus Injury, vision or hearing impairment, or other 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.