How do I know my child needs Occupational Therapy?
The following concerns often identify the need for Occupational Therapy Services
- Avoidance of or difficulty in social situations
- Difficulty attending children's birthday parties
- Avoidance / limited interest in coloring, writing &/or cutting
- Lack of confidence in oneself
- Being a "picky eater"
- Difficulty dressing oneself
- Difficulty with writing skills
- Having to watch others before engaging in unfamiliar motor tasks
- Difficulty copying from the blackboard
- Limited play skills
- Avoiding constructional toys (i.e. Lego's, blocks, puzzles)
- Difficulty manipulating small objects (i.e. Buttons, zippers)
- Difficulty with age appropriate sports
- Difficulty with ball skills
- Avoidance of Playground equipment
If you have said “yes” to at least one of the above items your child would likely benefit from Occupational Therapy services.
Our Occupational Therapists focus on a child’s “occupation”. A child’s occupation is the ability to play, perform in school, and interact with people and objects at a developmentally appropriate level. A child’s ability to engage in all these tasks requires fine motor functioning of the hands, gross motor functioning of the whole body, adequate sensory processing, perceptual motor skill, visual motor integration and the ability to put it all together for learning. The Occupational Therapists utilize their training and expertise in neurology, neuro-anatomy, motor learning, hand functions, perception and development to focus on the following areas:
- Fine Motor Deficits
- Visual Motor and Perceptual Motor deficits
- Handwriting Remediation
- Emotional Adjustment
- Peer Relationships
- Play Skills
- School Related Tasks
- Feeding / eating tolerance
- Gross Motor Deficits
- Motor control
- Self-Care Skills
- Attention to task
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact us for a FREE, no obligation discussion with our Occupational Therapist to discuss your child’s challenges and to receive recommendation on Occupational Therapy assessments and interventions at Symbiosis. We respect your privacy, all information shared will be kept confidential.