Parents and Teachers

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Occupational Therapy

Signs that your child may benefit from Occupational Therapy

  • ​Fine-Motor
    • 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
  • Visual Perception
    • Difficulty with Handwriting including formations, line use and spacing between words
    • ​Difficulty imitating movements during games or songs
  • Visual Motor
    • ​Difficulty with fluent reading
    • Difficulty copying text while writing or typing
  • Sensory Integration
    • 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