Your child may need an occupational therapy referral if they display several of the following:
-Overly sensitive to touch. May withdraw or react negatively to hand holding, a pat on the shoulder, or hugs.
-Shows an unusual avoidance of grooming activities such as combing hair, brushing teeth, or trimming nails.
-Avoids gross motor play; does not enjoy or explore playground activities. May be fearful of falling or having feet off the ground.
-Overly sensitive to sounds, smells, or tastes.
-Has delays in motor milestones (see motor and self-help checklist)
-Appears clumsy, or awkward in gross motor activities such as jumping, running, or climbing.
-Has difficulty with balance activities.
-Fatigues quickly; seems to have less endurance than other children of similar age.
-Has poor posture; leans or slumps in chair.
-Has poor fine motor control; difficulty manipulating small objects, holding a pencil, or using scissors.
-Has difficulty forming letters; difficulty spacing letters and words.
-Is easily distracted; has short attention span.
-Has difficulty sitting still; is fidgety, or restless.
SELF HELP CONCERNS
-Has delayed self-help skills (i.e. self-feeding, toileting, dressing). (See motor and self-help checklist)
-Has difficulty putting on clothes, manipulating fasteners, or tying shoes.
-Has feeding difficulties (i.e. is a “picky” eater, spills food, has problems chewing or using a cup and/or utensils).
When your child receives occupational therapy at CSLOT, he/she will learn…
Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Motor planning
- Body coordination
- Postural stability and balance
- Pre-writing and handwriting
- In-hand manipulation skills
- Perceptual motor skills
- Visual motor integration
- Feeding – motor and sensory challenges
- Pre-feeding skills
- Self-care skills
- Regulatory functions
- Sensory processing – tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive
- Attention span
- Praxis – sensory based motor planning