Busy bodies, busy fingers and busy minds!

Why Would a Child be Referred to Occupational Therapy?

Gross motor difficulties (Movement, strength and balance development):

  • The child has poor posture while sitting in a chair at the table and during situations of unsupported sitting
  • Low muscle tone
  • Poor ball skills
  • Poor balance skills
  • Difficulty coordinating both sides of the body
  • Avoids tasks and games that require gross motor skills
  • Clumsy

Fine motor difficulties:

  • The child struggles to grasp crayons and pencils
  • Avoidance of fine motor activities or their hands tires easily during fine motor tasks
  • The child has difficulty manipulating small objects and using scissors
  • The child may press too hard or too light on the paper when writing
  • The child struggles to string beads, do buttons and manipulate toys
  • Not developing a hand dominance at an age appropriate time/li>

Visual motor delays:

  • Poor handwriting, drawing and colouring skills
  • Difficulty with copying shapes or letters
  • Difficulty with copying from the board or another paper

Visual perceptual delays:

  • Difficulty with the spacing and sizes of letters
  • Difficulty with recognizing letters
  • Difficulty with visual tracking and crossing midline
  • Difficulty finding objects among other objects
  • Difficulty with the concept of right and left
  • Poor sorting and matching
  • Letter reversals
  • The child struggles to build puzzles

Sensory processing difficulties:

  • Overly sensitive or heightened reactivity to sound, touch, or movement
  • Under-responsive to certain sensations (e.g., high pain tolerance, doesn't notice cuts/bruises)
  • Constantly moving, jumping etc.
  • The child frequently runs into things in the classroom, falls to the floor, or purposely crashes into things or people.
  • Easily distracted by visual or auditory stimuli
  • Emotionally reactive
  • Difficulty coping with change
  • Inability to calm self when upset

Social difficulties:

  • Struggles to Interact with others and following routines