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Who Might Need Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy serves a wide range of children with a variety of diagnoses (see “Who We Serve”).  Many of the children we treat are just as intelligent as their peers but awkward in their physical or social skills. Their challenges could be in fine motor (hand skills), gross motor (big body coordination), learning (eye-hand coordination, visual-spatial awareness, directionality), social skills, and emotional regulation.

We define the child by his or her strengths and look for gaps in development that could be improved through therapy intervention.

Development is evaluated in postural control, sensory integration, motor planning, motor coordination, and visual-perceptual-motor development.  

Signs of delays in gross motor coordination

Poor balance, falls frequently

Floppy, low muscle tone

Fatigues quickly during physical play

Signs of delays in fine motor coordination

Lacks dexterity for buttons, snaps, zippers

Unable to use utensils for eating

Poor handwriting, fatigues while writing

Signs of delays in visual-perception and/or visual-motor control

Difficulty sustaining eye contact

Handwriting delays with letter reversals, messy paper with irregular spacing, or colliding letters

Loses place on line while reading

Signs of sensory integration disorder (SID):

Overly sensitive or unusual reactions to touch, movement, sights, or sounds

Fearful of heights or moving playground equipment

No apparent awareness of dangers

Easily distractible

Social and/or emotional problems

Unusually high or low level of activity

Physical clumsiness or apparent carelessness

Picky eater

Difficulty making transitions from one situation to another

Inability to self-calm

Poor self-concept

Difficulty in learning or planning motor skills

Impulsivity or lack of self-control

Delays in speech, language,

Academic under achievement