Signs that your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy
Avoids coloring or writing, or quality is poor
Delay in motor coordination
Frequently drops small items
Lacks hand preference by age 4
Difficulty using hands together for tasks such as cutting with scissors
Difficulty with Handwriting including formations, line use and spacing between words
Difficulty imitating movements during games or songs
Difficulty with fluent reading
Difficulty copying text while writing or typing
Averse to certain textures
Appear clumsy or uncoordinated
Avoids or has difficulty with balance activities
Lacks body awareness (bumps into or trips over things)
Exert too much pressure or not enough for a given task
Excessively craves rough play
Seems to be in constant motion
Hums or makes other noises while concentrating
Poor attention to tasks
Signs that your child may benefit from Physical Therapy
Complains of pain or difficulty when performing gross motor tasks
They walk up on the balls of their feet (tip toe walk) or walk in an atypical/awkward manner
Has difficulty performing the same gross motor tasks as children their age such as rolling, sitting, crawling, or walking in the younger population; and jumping, running, or skipping in the older population.
Falls and trips often when walking.
As an infant, they have a strong preference for turning or tilting their head to one side, also known as torticollis.
Expected developmental milestones such as rolling, sitting, crawling, and standing are not met during the first year of life
Difficulty keeping up with their peers during play
Recent injury resulting in change in movement
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